Rivaldo has tipped star Philippe Coutinho to follow in his footsteps


Brazilian legend Rivaldo has tipped star Philippe Coutinho to follow in his footsteps by joining Barcelona, stating that it’s only a matter of time before Barcelona try and sign Coutinho from Liverpool. Rivaldo who spent five seasons at the Nou Camp between 1997 and 2002, where won two La Liga titles and was crowned Ballon d’Or winner in 1999.

Coutinho has established himself as one of the Premier League’s brightest stars at Anfield and Rivaldo feels a move to Barca to play alongside international team-mate Neymar is a natural future step for the 24-year-old Brazilian. “In my opinion, he’s a great player and a player who knows Neymar well. I think they are both friends – players who stand out.”

“I think that this transfer might happen because Barcelona is always going to attract the best, isn’t it?”

“He is one of the players who stands out and I believe that this transfer – if he goes to Barcelona – would be a good thing for Barcelona for sure.”

“He is a player who would definitely help Barcelona. Of course, Barcelona is a big club, but with a player like him, it would definitely be a big help.”

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