Barcelona and Brazil icon Rivaldo has been speaking in comments carried by Diario Sport about various issues surrounding Spanish football at the moment, including Pedri and Lionel Messi‘s form at Camp Nou and Sergio Ramos‘ contract situation.
Pedri, one of the sensations of the season, has been drawing plenty of deserved praise for his stunning performances in the Barcelona midfield. Rivaldo was keen to ensure the 18 year-old isn’t put under too much pressure, however.
“We could ruin Pedri’s career if we put too much pressure on him,” he said. “He’s only 18 years old. This is precisely why veterans need to step up and assume their responsibilities.
Lionel Messi and Pedri
“Nobody denies that he’s a great player. There’s already talk about him playing in the European Championships with Spain. But that doesn’t mean anything – he still has to go through his normal process and play football as [Ronald] Koeman instructs him. Messi will probably not continue [with Barcelona] next season, so Pedri will have more responsibility. But for now, he mustn’t change.”