“Barcelona must focus more on maintaining their star, Messi, especially as Laporta knows him so well,” Rivaldo explained.
Joan Laporta must give Leo a positive sporting project to be part of
Joan Laporta has made it his mission to convince Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona. He must give the Argentine a positive sporting project to be part of. However, Rivaldo believes that instead of focusing on new signings, the Blaugrana must do everything to keep their main man. Messi sees his current deal with the club expire in June. While Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have a long interest in signing him, Laporta’s election victory brought at least some optimism that he may change his mind and stay at Barcelona. “Barcelona must focus more on maintaining their star, Messi, especially as Laporta knows him so well,” Rivaldo explained. “He may have additional arguments that other presidential candidates did not have.”
Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Madrid would be risky for everyone
Barcelona will benefit a lot more from keeping a character like Leo rather than going out and looking for new players, with it unclear how they will adapt to a club as big as Barcelona”. Rivaldo believes such a move would pose a risk to all parties involved, with rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid’s return. “It would make the Madrid fans very happy, but it would also be a risk,” he added. “We have to admit that Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid a few years ago, is not the player that would be coming back. Of course, he will continue to score many goals. But it may be that in this stage of his career, too much is being asked of him. And if things don’t go bad, then his status as a legend may be damaged.”
Ronald Koeman’s initial two-year contract was seen as a sign of weakness regarding the Dutchman’s long-term stability as Barcelona manager. Still, with the team improving gradually despite a limp the Champions League exit, Rivaldo feels there is no alternative than to continue with the current boss. “If Koeman didn’t continue, it would have been a mistake,” Rivaldo continued. “That would be something unfair to him. Now that a certain inner peace has been discovered within the club, why change things?”