Brazilian icon Rivaldo has become the latest in a string of Barcelona legends to blast the club’s decision to let Luis Suarez leave Camp Nou.
Suarez joined Atletico Madrid on Wednesday for a bargain price of just €6million (£5.5million) after six trophy-laden years in Catalonia.
The Uruguayan scored 198 goals for Barcelona and helped the club win the treble in 2015 while playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Both former teammates have since slammed the club for “throwing out” Suarez, while Rivaldo is concerned letting the 33-year-old join La Liga rivals Atletico will quickly come back to haunt his former side.
“Luis Suarez has made an excellent decision in signing for Atletico Madrid,” Rivaldo Betfair .
“I wanted him to stay at Barcelona and still felt he had a lot to offer. But Ronald Koeman made clear the Uruguayan was surplus to requirements and he has joined a club where he will be appreciated.
“I hope that things work out well for Suarez at Atleti because I’m a fan of the player that shouldn’t have left Barcelona. He is the third-best goalscorer in the club’s history and I can only see his age as a reason for the club’s decision to let him go.
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“He is a great fighter and he has signed for the perfect club. I’m sure Diego Simeone is delighted to have such player in his squad. The Argentinian boss will be a fan of Suarez’s qualities that perfectly suit Simeone’s style of play.
“Suarez is a great signing for Atletico. A terrific goalscorer, a big fighter and a player of huge experience in big games.”
Rivaldo also believes Suarez’s departure has left a gaping hole in Barca boss Koeman’s side and insists a new striker will need to be bought.
The 48-year-old – who scored 130 goals for Barcelona – added: “It looks like Antoine Griezmann will play centre forward in Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Villarreal this weekend.
“We don’t know how it will work, but even if the team starts well, they need to sign a new striker.
“It won’t be easy for Barca without Suarez’s goals but Koeman should have a plan for a new system that means the Uruguayan won’t be missed.
“After all, it was Koeman’s decision to let Suarez leave.”
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