Former Barcelona icon Rivaldo doesn’t think that Neymar joining Real Madrid this summer would make him a traitor in the eyes of his former club and teammates.
The Paris Saint-Germain star left the Camp Nou for France in 2017, but could now return to Spain to join either Los Blancos or the Catalans.
“If Zinedine Zidane signs Neymar for Real Madrid, I won’t see it as a betrayal,” RIvaldo explained in an interview with Betfair.
“Neymar left Barcelona to sign for PSG and now could fly to Real Madrid.
“It’s not the same as if he had left Barcelona for Real Madrid.
“He must also be professional, but I bet that if he has the chance to get back to a place where he was happy before, and where he knows most of the players, he would love to return to Barcelona.
“But that depends on the offer Barcelona could make for him.
“PSG won’t accept a lesser offer from Barcelona just because Neymar prefers to go there.
“They don’t want to lose money and will obviously accept the best offer available.”
Vinicius Junior already appears to have fallen down the pecking order at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu under Zidane and, while many people believe Neymar’s arrival would further accentuate that, Rivaldo isn’t so sure that it would be a bad thing for the teenager.
“Some people argue that Vinicius will lose his place in the Real Madrid squad if Neymar arrives, but I don’t see it that way,” he said.
“Any young player would learn a lot from playing with Neymar and it could help the young Brazilian’s career.
“It doesn’t make sense for Vincius to consider moving to another club to play more often.
“Instead, he must continue working and learning each day, waiting for opportunities to prove his value.”