Lionel Messi blamed by Rivaldo for Coutinho's failure to impress at Barcelona

Lionel Messi blamed by Rivaldo for Coutinho's failure to impress at Barcelona

- Lionel Messi has been blamed for Coutinho's unimpressive game at Barcelona

- This is by Brazilian legend Rivaldo who claimed Messi is a great player

- Rivaldo stated that no player will be able to shine more than Messi at Nou Camp

Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has explained that Lionel Messi's dominance at Barcelona is responsible for Philippe Coutinho's unimpressive performances at the Nou Camp.

Despite pleas from Liverpool fans for Philippe Coutinho not to leave Anfield last two seasons, the Brazilian forced his dream move to Barcelona.

Liverpool however moved ahead with their lives without Philippe Coutinho in which they have gone to win the Champions League.

But Philippe Coutinho on the other hand has not been able to get his rhythm at Barcelona compared to how he was superb before leaving the Premier League.

Barcelona were then forced to loan him out to German giants Bayern Munich until the end of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season.

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There have been reports that Bayern Munich are planning to send Philippe Coutinho back to Barcelona this summer as they have no interest of signing him permanently.

According to the report on UK Mirror, the Catalans on the other hand are not ready to allow him stay and could sell him out this summer.

Rivaldo has now explained that Lionel Messi's superb performances at Barcelona made Philippe Coutinho to shine.

He added that his thought was that Philippe Coutinho would succeed at Barcelona considering how he moved to the Nou Camp.

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But Rivaldo claimed that he is disappointed that Philippe Coutinho has been unable to prove himself beyond reasonable doubt at Barcelona.

"It's never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility.

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"There are few players in the world capable of reaching such a situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn't have enough patience to find his spot in the team,'' Rivaldo explained.

Earlier, had reported how football in Spain could return next month as the Spanish league body is putting all measures in place for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

The European country started easing out of coronavirus lockdown last week having been seriously hit by the deadly virus.

All football activities were suspended in March to ensure the safety of players and all other stakeholders in and out of the pitch.

However, the players have been granted access to return to training this week with the aim of restarting the league in about four weeks from now.

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