Brazilian legend, Ronaldo de Lima, seems to have sent a warning to Barcelona target, Philippe Coutinho, and other Brazilians who may fancy a future at the Camp Nou.
The two time World Cup winner,with Brazil in 1994 and 2002,in a recent interview spited the Catalan Club for what he saw as ill treatment of Brazilians players who seek to leave the club for one reason or the other. The Rio de Janeiro born, 98 capped former Brazil International wore the Blaugrana shirt for just a single season from 1996 to 1997 and scored 47 goals in 49 appearances helping Barça to win the Copa dey rey, SuperCopa de Espana and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in that season. With a return of 34 league goals in just 37 La Liga appearances,El Fenomeno carted home the coveted Pichichi award for the top scorer award to cap an excellent debut season in Spain. However, just a year after moving to Barça from PSV for a world record fee, Ronaldo became only the second player ever, after Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice. His move to Inter Milan, on the back of a contractual dispute with Barcelona, broke the transfer record he had set a year earlier and signalled the end of his first sojourn in Spain.
Speaking about his transfer, the Brazilian ace said he sees similarities in the way Barcelona behaved during Neymar’s summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and the way the Spanish giants conducted themselves when he left the Camp Nou.
Neymar joined PSG this summer in a world-record €222 million move, after which Barcelona sued the player for breach of contract and refused to pay him an outstanding bonus payment.
Speaking with Esporte Interativo, Ronaldo suggested that there has been a pattern of similar behaviour from Barcelona toward Brazilians who leave the Catalan club.
Ronaldorevealed that his then-world record $27 million move to Inter Milan in 1997 was a painful one, and that the same has been true for a number of his compatriots.
The Brazilian Star had won the first of his three World best player awards on the back of his impressive lone season at Catalonia but said he feels more emotionally attached to Real Madrid ,where he spent an injury ravaged 5 seasons, than Barcelona inspite of the fact that he played arguably his best football at the Camp Nou.
“I am much more grateful and attached to Real Madrid than to Barcelona, even though I maybe had my best year at Barcelona,” the Brazilian said, who now works as a Real Madrid ambassador.
“But the end of my story with Barcelona was really bad, much like what’s happened to Neymar now.
“This has been going on for a while. They did something similar with Romario, and after, did it with Ronaldinho as well.”
Despite his bad experience leaving Barcelona, Ronaldo still has fond memories of Barcelona and still views considers it “an incredible city” and the football club a “fantastic” one.
Neymar currently boasts 11 goals and nine assists from 14 appearances in Ligue 1 alone, while he has scored six more and added three assists from six Champions League outings in a fruitful start to life at Parc des Princes.