The Catalan club allowed the striker to leave for Atletico Madrid without lining up someone to fill their spot.
Barca need to find a replacement for Luis Suarez
Rivaldo has called on Barcelona to sign a direct replacement for Luis Suarez before the end of the transfer window. The Catalan club allowed the striker to leave for Atletico Madrid without lining up someone to fill their spot. “It looks like Antoine Griezmann will play center-forward in LaLiga opener against Villarreal this weekend,” Rivaldo admitted. “It will not be easy for Barcelona without Suarez’s goals, but Ronald Koeman should have a plan for a new system that means will it not concede Suarez. In the end, Koeman decided to let Suarez leave. While Barca lose a striker, Diego Simeone and Atlético are recruiting experienced one. “Luis Suarez has made an excellent signing decision for Atletico Madrid,” said Rivaldo.
The third top scorer in the club’s history
“I wanted him to stay at Barcelona and still feel that he has something to offer. But Ronald Koeman made it clear that the Uruguayan is too demanding and will join the club where they will appreciate him. I hope that Suarez has everything work out well at Atletico because I am a fan of the player who should not have left Barcelona. He is the third top scorer in club history, and I can only see his age as a reason for the club’s decision to let him go. He is a great fighter, and he has signed for the perfect club. I’m sure Diego Simeone is happy to have such a player in his squad. The Argentine boss will be a fan of Suarez’s qualities, perfect for Simeone’s play style. Suarez is a great signing for Atlético.”
“A terrific goal scorer, great fighter and player with great experience in big games”. Lionel Messi was very open about his criticism of Barcelona for allowing Suarez to leave the club. After the departure of Suarez and Arturo Vidal from Barcelona, it is clear that the press is convinced that Lionel Messi will leave at the end of the season,” added Rivaldo. “But I still think that a lot can happen to prevent his departure. He will make new friends in the dressing room, and we cannot forget that there will be a presidential election in 2021 that could change the current situation. We do not know how the relationship between Messi and the current president developed. So let’s wait and hope that he will change his mind and eventually renew his contract for two more seasons.”