Ex-Barca star Rivaldo has backed Philippe Coutinho to one day take over from Lionel Messi as the talisman at Barcelona.
Speaking after the Catalan club had purchased coutinho, who is now the second most expensive signing in history, the Brazilian said, “We all know that Messi is the big star”.
“And he still has three or four more years at the highest level.
“So Coutinho will have time to adapt and demonstrate his true value in his shadow.
“It is always better to arrive when a team is winning, and the current situation also eliminates part of the pressure that Coutinho could have if the team was not working so well.
“Let’s not forget that he has become the most expensive signing in the history of Barcelona, which naturally exerts a pressure on his shoulders.”