Barcelona legend Rivaldo wasn’t impressed with fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho’s gesture at the club’s own supporters on Tuesday night.
The former Liverpool star has struggled to win over Barcelona fans this season for a lack of consistency, which has raised doubts over his future.
Following Lionel Messi’s first-half brace in the club’s return leg against Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final tie, Coutinho added a third to seal a 3-0 win.
The Brazilian playmaker found the back of the net from 25 yards out to send Barcelona on their way to the last four with a 4-0 aggregate victory over United.
But Coutinho raised eyebrows everywhere at Camp Nou when he closed his eyes and placed his fingers in his ears in front of the Blaugrana fans.
“It was not a good gesture. He scored a great goal, but it’s never good to do something like that to the fans,” Rivaldo told Marca.
“The supporters criticise him because they know he has to give more. I don’t know what happened to him during the week, what he read in the newspapers or saw on television, but you have to keep working, think about the next game and score goals.
“If he scores everything will change and he will be a player for the club.”
Coutinho’s failure to emulate his impressive Liverpool performances at Barcelona has allegedly alerted Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich to his possible availability in the summer transfer window.
But Rivaldo, who won two La Liga crowns in a five-year spell at Barcelona, reckons the midfielder should stick it out at Camp Nou.
“I would stay. He is a great player who cannot leave without being a Barcelona success because things haven’t gone well,” said the Brazilian.
“Playing in Barca is impressive, they’re in the Champions League, everyone talks about this team. You will not find another club like it in the world.”
He added: “He was a very expensive signing. Barcelona paid a lot of money for him and he is still not an idol of the fans. He must have more personality to make a difference.
“On the day Messi and Suarez don’t score, he has to score. He should score 25 goals a season and, in addition, score in important matches.”
Coutinho has managed 11 goals and five assists in 47 appearances for Barcelona this season.