Barcelona Icon, Rivaldo has revealed why Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar left Barcelona to join the French giants.
Rivaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1999, believes chasing that individual honour was a key reason behind Neymar’s desire to depart the LaLiga leaders.
“It was a difficult moment, it made the team pessimistic,” Rivaldo said of the €222m deal.
“Neymar went, principally, because they made him a very good offer,” Rivaldo told Marca.
“Playing in Barcelona, he was in the shadow of [Lionel] Messi and although he was doing very well, Messi is Messi and he has many years left in him.
“I think Neymar left here to try to see if he is the best in the world. If he wants to be it, he will have to knock Cristiano Ronaldo out of the Champions League in the knockout stages in February,” he added.