Football legend Ronaldo has issued a warning to fellow compatriot Philippe Coutinho that Barcelona have always failed to make their Brazilian players happy.
Coutinho has been in the news due to failed transfer bids from the La Liga leaders and they came close to landing the 25-year-old playmaker in the summer but Liverpool held firm on to their star midfielder by rejecting three offers from the spanish side.
In an interview with Esport, Ronaldo gave examples of the Brazilians star the club treated poorly and revealed he felt much happy playing for their rivals Real Madrid.
BARCELONA’S BRAZILIAN PLAYERS
Evaristo de Macedo – 1957-1962
Ronaldo – 1996-1997
Rivaldo – 1997-2002
Sonny Anderson – 1997-1999
Ronaldinho – 2003-2008
Silvinho – 2004-2009
Edmilson – 2004-2008
Dani Alves – 2008 – 2016
Maxwell – 2009-2012
Adriano – 2010-2016
Rafinha – 2011-Present
Neymar – 2013-2017
Paulinho – 2017-Present.
‘I felt substantially more cheerful and more associated with Real Madrid, regardless of having carried on an incredible year in Barcelona,’ the 41-year-old said.
‘At last, my history with Barca was terrible, like the one Neymar had.
‘Barcelona had serious issues with Brazilian players: Neymar, Romario, Ronaldinho and me.
‘We were all treated badly by the club at last, regardless of every one of our commitments and devotion to the club.’
Ronaldo just burned through one season at Barcelona however was deadly in front goals and scored an amazing 34 times in 37 appearances. He departed for Inter Milan before returning back to Spain with Real Madrid in 2002.
The Brazilian lasted longer in the Spanish capital and played for Los Blancos until 2007, scoring 83 goals in 127 games.
The club has a long history of taking advantage of the South American market with a large group of players from Brazil pulling on the jersey.
Ronaldo isn’t the just the first to have left in caustic conditions however with current PSG full back Dani Alves was critical of the club when then he left in 2016.
He claimed he grew tired of always been ‘the one in the firing line’ and he ‘didn’t feel happy playing for them any more at Barca.’
The experienced Brazil international was delighted in his eight years stay at the Nou Camp after arriving from Sevilla in July 2008, making over 400 appearances for the club and winning three Champions League titles, soughted out for a new challenge at Juventus before proceeding onward to Paris.
Neymar was the latest Brazilian to takeoff as he smashed the transfer world record by moving to PSG in the mid year for £198m, destroying their imposing three-pronged attack, lovingly known as ‘MSN’, which included himself, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Regardless of the messy transfer to the paris capital, Neymar declared that ‘Barcelona and Catalonia will always be in my heart’ as he looked for another challenge in the French capital.
The Nou Camp likewise carries on fond memories of Ronaldinho, who portrayed his five years there as the ‘best of my life’.
Acquired from PSG in 2003, the wizard with a particular grin showed up and scored 70 goals, winning La Liga twice and the Champions League in 2005/06.
‘I might want to use this opportunity to thank all of you for all that we shared together amid the five years I defended the Barca shirt,’ he said in an open letter before taking off.
‘They were certainly the best years of my life, both professionally and personally. I honestly think we enjoyed so much whilst we were together
Previous Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is one of two Brazilians in Ernesto Valverde’s present squad and he has prospered since arriving, playing in some vitals performance and scoring six goals in 22 appearances.
Barcelona are prepared to resuscitate their interest for Coutinho in front of the January transfer window.
Spanish daily paper Sport reported on Thursday, under the feature ‘Coutinho D-Day’, that the Catalan giants will meet with the Liverpool man’s agent on January 3 keeping in order to strike a deal.