Barcelona’s legend Rivaldo criticized Ousmane Dembélé for having refused to leave the club in the past transfer market. The winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1999 mentioned that the Frenchman has shown nothing in Catalonia, and that he does not make the slightest effort to achieve it.
“Dembélé continues to get injured, arriving late for training … He should be much more responsible. If he does his job, if he were playing regularly, he would have all the right in the world to stay at Barcelona, but that is not the case. Dembélé has done nothing to return to the club the enormous effort they made with his signing”Rivaldo on Ousmane Dembélé
Likewise, the Brazilian legend admits that Ousmane has enormous talent, but that he doesn’t know how to take advantage of it. Rivaldo advised the Frenchman to have more commitment with the club to be successful.
“He seems to be an extraordinary player with magnificent conditions, but as he continues down this path, his contract will end without having shown anything at all. It does not depend on the coach or the club but on Dembélé’s commitment”Rivaldo on Ousmane Dembélé
Rivaldo’s criticism of Dembélé is not surprising. The Brazilian player constantly makes this type of comment towards the Catalan club and its players. The Blaugrana legend was one of the best players in the world, but he is not known for being the friendliest team-mate.
Perhaps Rivaldo is right that everything depends on Dembélé, but his arguments are not enough to make constructive criticism of the player. It seems more as if he is trying to attack him for not having left Barcelona.
Let’s hope that Dembélé manages to prove himself this season, and put some shame on those who demanded him to leave. Of course, he will have to work more than ever, and this would be only achievable through an injury-free season.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.