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The former soccer player Barcelona Vitor Borba Ferreira 'Rivaldo' He confessed that he had the opportunity to sign for him Real Madrid when in 2002 he left the club azulgrana, two years after the Portuguese Luis Figo make the same path from the city to the capital of Spain.

The 1999 Golden Ball He recalled that during that time he had “initial conversations with the club, with Madrid, but then Milan came with a good offer” and preferred “the Italians.”

“It would have been a controversial signing if I had signed for Real Madrid. I could have angered Barcelona fans, but I had no job at that time and as a professional you cannot decline any conversation with the clubs that care about you. After all , I was free to go wherever I wanted, “Rivaldo explains.

The former left-hander or midfielder, who made these statements on the occasion of the possible transfer of the Colombian player James Rodriguez from the set he directs Zinedine Zidane to the Atlético de Madrid, said that “these signings are always controversial, but the last word is always the seller, and if this time Madrid refuses to sell to James, there will be no business.”

James Rodríguez, during a Real Madrid training

About the recent incorporation of French Antoine Griezmann to the ranks of the team of Ernesto Valverde and the injury of Leo Messi, Rivaldo believes that Barcelona players have “an opportunity to show and demonstrate that they can survive” without the Argentine star.

Future without Messi

Although he says that it is early to talk about a Barcelona without Messi, he also insists that “it is important to renew the team and prepare the future so that it does not catch the distracted club when its star decides to leave or retire.”

“There will not be another new Messi, but it is important to have other players able to make a difference when he is not on the team. Antoine can replace him, because he is an excellent player, but when you do not have Messi on the field, of course you are going to to miss, “said the former soccer player.

Impact Riqui Puig

In addition, Rivaldo wanted to make a nod to the canterano Riqui Puig after his great performance in the match against Arsenal corresponding to Joan Gamper Trophy, which assured that “he has demonstrated his talent against Arsenal, so it would be unfair to leave him out of the team in this new season.”

Riqui Puig: midfield (FC Barcelona). 19 years - 5 million.

Riqui Puig: midfield (FC Barcelona). 19 years – 5 million.

“I am not saying – he clarified – that he should be promoted to the first team, only that he should train with the first team and wait for opportunities in the easiest matches,” Rivaldo added.

Atlético de Madrid

Finally, regarding the latest statements of Simeone, Rivaldo said he agreed with what the Argentine coach said about the mattresses are no longer the town team.

“They have been very reliable in recent seasons and are fighting equally with Barcelona and Real Madrid as we have seen in their duels against the two greats of Spanish football,” said the Brazilian.

“Right now, Atlético is very respected worldwide and is always a favorite to raise titles in any competition in which it participates,” concluded the winner of the America Cup from 1999 and the World Cup South Korea-Japan 2002 with the Brazil's selection.

(More information – Rivaldo: “Barça would win the Champions League with Neymar again, but it must change its head”)

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