Brazilian forward Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain has been backed by Brazil and Blaugrana legend, Rivaldo.
A PSG exit for the 27-year-old forward looks increasingly likely this summer, two years after his world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) move to the Ligue 1 champions from Barca.
Neymar failed to turn up to the first day of pre-season training, while PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed Neymar is available for the right price.
Rivaldo, who spent five seasons at Camp Nou, wants to see his compatriot back at Barca.
“For the moment, the one [Brazilian] that I like the most is Neymar,” he said, courtesy of Betfair .
“I [would] like that he returns to Barcelona.”
Even without Neymar due to an ankle injury, Brazil managed to win the Copa America on home soil on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 win over Peru.
Asked for the nation’s next star, 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo praised Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior.
“We have Vinicius, who is a great player that went to Madrid and has everything that is needed to be a great player,” he said.
Neymar left Catalunya in somewhat controversial circumstances, and Rivaldo said last month the Brazil star would need to make things up to the Camp Nou fans.
“It’s difficult because of the way Neymar left,” the former AC Milan man said. “I think a lot of the fans are angry with everything that happened, but football is how it is, football is good, and Neymar is a great player who has personality.”