Rivaldo Defends Messi and Neymar After Van Gaal Criticism

Reuters

Criticism of Lionel Messi and Neymar for not being "team players" suggests former Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal does not like players that "detract from the coach", according to Rivaldo.

Van Gaal, who coached Rivaldo at Camp Nou, claimed Barca and Paris Saint-Germain had fallen short in the Champions League because Messi and Neymar had been playing for themselves.

The ex-Manchester United manager advised the star duo to be more like Liverpool midfielder James Milner, a European champion in 2018-19, in order to return their clubs to winning ways.

RIVALDO: MESSI SHOULD WIN BALLON D'OR

But Rivaldo appears to believe Van Gaal simply does not like outstanding individual talents, as he responded in an Instagram post, including an image of Messi, Neymar and the Dutchman.

"Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are difference-making players and neither the team nor the coach knows how they do those otherworldly things," the World Cup winner wrote.

"But there are many coaches who do not like these players because they detract from the coach himself, so they prefer to talk about these players as if they do not know how to play as a team and they are good only individually.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@leomessi , @neymarjr e @cristiano são jogadores diferenciados e nem a equipe e o treinador sabem como eles fazem estas coisas de outro mundo, porém tem muitos treinadores que não gostam destes jogadores porque o treinador fica sem mérito e prefere falar que estes jogadores não jogam em equipe e que são bons individualmente. Como joguei por mais de 24 anos futebol sei muito bem que tem muitos treinadores que quando jogavam eram bem normais e outros nem jogadores foram. Hoje como treinadores, eles querem dizer que o seu time joga em equipe para eles terem o mérito de um ótimo treinador. Se você tem um jogador como Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Rivellino, Garrincha, Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo Fenômeno, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Zidane, Romário, Kaká, Maradona, Zico, Mbappé, Figo, Stoichkov, Hagi etc, fica mais fácil porém não quer dizer que vá ser Campeão , e se você também tem uma Equipe que joga bem taticamente não quer dizer que vai ser Campeão. Eu prefiro os jogadores diferenciados pois futebol é alegria e todos gostam de algo diferente em campo. A equipe é sempre importante mas com certeza nela precisa ter jogadores diferenciados que farão algo a mais dentro de campo. fica a dica ... #pentacampeão

A post shared by Rivaldo Ferreira (@rivaldooficial) on

 

"I played football for more than 24 years and I know very well that many coaches were very average when they played and others were not players.

"Today, as coaches, they want their team to play as a team for them to have the merit of a great coach.

"If you have a player like Pele, Johan Cruyff, Rivellino, Garrincha, Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo Fenomeno, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Zidane, Romario, Kaka, Maradona, Zico, Mbappe, Figo, Stoichkov, Hagi, etc, it is easier.

"But it does not mean you are going to be champions. If you also have a team that does not play well tactically, it can mean that you are not going to be a champion.

"I prefer difference-making players because football is joy and everyone likes something different. The team is always important, but you need to have different players who can do something more on the pitch."