Brazil legend Rivaldo has warned compatriot Neymar that he will have to change his attitude and focus on football should he return to Barcelona.
Since completing a world-record €222m transfer in 2017, Neymar has struggled to help lead Paris Saint-Germain to their first-ever Champions League title. Instead, the club have suffered successive last-16 exits.
Meanwhile, Neymar has been battling with recurring foot injuries during his two years in Paris. Adding to his woes is the fact that the club appear to have found another star man in Kylian Mbappe to lead the charge for European glory.
And now Sport has claimed the Brazil international intends to leave PSG and he’s even personally informed club owner Nasser Al Khelaifi of his wishes.
But Rivaldo reckons Neymar will only be able to fulfil his true potential at Camp Nou if he’s willing to make some changes.
“I would love for him to return [to Barcelona] and it would be very good for the team and for him,” said Rivaldo, according to Marca.
“I hope he goes back, changes his mentality and starts playing football.
“If he returns, Barcelona will have a chance to win the Champions League and he will have a chance to become the best in the world.
“Almost 70 per cent [of the fans] don’t want him back.
“When the ball ends up in the net and if he also wins the Champions League then everything will be forgotten.
“When wins arrive and if he plays well, everything changes.
“He is at the best age to play football, even better than when Barcelona won the treble.”
Rivaldo, who scored 133 goals in 238 games for Barcelona himself, also backed fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho to come good at Catalonia.
“[Coutinho] is a good player but things haven’t gone his way yet,” said the 2002 World Cup winner.
“He will have time if he doesn’t leave the club, but we don’t know if he will stay if Neymar arrives.
“If he thinks he can’t be the same he was when he played at Liverpool then it would be better to talk with the president to leave for a good club.”
Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG are all reportedly interested in signing Coutinho this summer.