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Rivaldo urges ‘hungry’ Neymar to re-sign for Barcelona

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Barcelona legend Rivaldo urged his fellow Brazilian Neymar to seek out a Camp Nou return this summer to fulfil his potential in becoming the world’s best player.

Neymar enjoyed a remarkable goal and trophy-laden four-spell at Barcelona before sealing a surprise world record €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.

The 27-year-old managed 105 goals and 76 assists in just 186 games. But life under Lionel Messi’s shadow in Catalonia left him unsatisfied and keen for an exit.

Although Neymar has been persistently with a return to Barcelona over the last two years. The Catalan club have allegedly held meetings with PSG to discuss a potential trade deal involving Ousmane Dembele.

Rivals Real Madrid have also been touted as a potential destination for Neymar should he decide to leave France in the summer.

Speaking ahead to Brazil’s Copa America campaign, however, Rivaldo called on his compatriot to return to Barcelona.

The 47-year-old reckons Neymar is the missing piece of the jigsaw required for Ernesto Valverde’s men to win the Champions League.

“I believe Brazil will win the Copa America with a certain ease,” Rivaldo wrote on Instagram.

“I do not see any team that can win other than Brazil, especially with the return of Neymar, which for me will be the best player in the competition.

“He will be hungry for the ball and will show what he is capable of doing. Another thing that would have to happen is his return to Barcelona, which would be a great signing for the club mainly for everything that happened at the end of this season.

“He is in my humble opinion, is the missing player for Barcelona to be champion of the Champions League.

“He has personality and a lot of quality to win back Barcelona and also can be the best in the world.”

Brazil will be sweating over Neymar’s fitness for the Copa America after he was forced off with an injury during training on Tuesday.

Rivaldo managed 133 goals and 41 assists in 238 appearances at Barcelona from 1997 to 2002. He won two La Ligas, a UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL – MAY 28: Neymar Jr grabs his left knee during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad’s Granja Comary training complex on May 28, 2019 in Teresopolis, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)