Rivaldo has urged Barcelona to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint Germain in the summer transfer window.
Barca have endured a frustrating 2019-20 campaign to date, slipping three points behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race while also exiting the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage.
Quique Setien’s side dropped out of the latter competition after a 1-0 defeat away at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, which compounded a difficult week at the club on and off the field.
“Barcelona need to find a player who makes the difference when Messi isn’t there or it’s not his night, as happened at San Mames,” the ex-Blaugrana striker told Betfair. “The club should look for a player to accompany him and replace him when necessary and, in my opinion, Neymar is that player.
“Barca should perhaps continue considering signing him next summer. The club isn’t responsible for Neymar leaving a couple of years ago.
“It’s been a while since then and perhaps it’s time for negotiations that allow him to return and spend the best years of his career at Camp Nou.”