Rumours are there Countinho left the Barcelona club due to Lionel Messi as claimed by legendary and Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo during a press conference. He was disappointed by the exit of Philippe Coutinho from the Barcelona and he feels that Messi was the reason for that.
“I always believed that Philippe Coutinho had the ability to succeed at Barcelona, but things were taking too much time and both parties agreed on a transfer to Bayern Munich,” Rivaldo told Betfair in a recent interview.
“I’m a little disappointed about his failure in gaining a regular place in the first team, but perhaps he was no longer confident about it and unhappy, so he opted for a move to another big club trying to finally recover his best football from his time at Liverpool,” he further added, before making the following point:
“It’s never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility.”
“There are few players in the world capable of reaching such situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn’t have enough patience to find his spot in the team,” he explained, before concluding:
“The Argentinian star is the team leader and will keep playing at his best level for about three or four more years, so it is difficult to see other players shining at their best at Barcelona.” He claimed
He was not able to give performances of high level during the 2018-19 season of premier league but he will be raring to go this year and make some stellar performances in this year premier league. As he was only able to convert eleven goals in the 53 matches.
He joined Liverpool for 140 million euros for this season it remains to be seen whether he is able to convert some goals for his new franchise or not this season.