Iniesta, Song, Alves i Valdés, amb Rivaldo / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Taking advantage of his five-day break from competitive play, Rivaldo decided to visit Barcelona to watch the Clásico. The ex-Blaugrana watched the first team’s preparations in the run up to Sunday’s important match against Real Madrid this Friday morning. At 40 years old, the Brazilian is spending the twilight of his professional career at Kabuscorp, a team that plays in the Angolan League. “Now I get to enjoy Barça on television. They are a great team and I hope they can win more titles, because they play really well,” he told Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com

Praise for Vilanova

The Brazilian lauded the man at the Barça helm, Tito Vilanova: “he’s a brilliant manager. Now, being Guardiola’s replacement, who did a great job, he has a good opportunity. I’m sure he’ll succeed, because he has a team that plays really well – they make football easy. I think things will go well for him.”

On Messi, Rivaldo admitted that “I like him a lot. I like him as a person as well.” He added: “I really like humble players like him. I think that all the FC Barcelona players are humble. That’s why they do what they do.”

“There’s a great structure here”

The Brazilian was impressed by the Club’s Ciutat Esportiva facilities. “All of this wasn’t here when I played for Barça. It’s great. I’m very pleased to see such impressive facilities. It’s too bad I didn’t get the chance to have anything like this or that I wasn’t able to win the Champions League, but I’m very grateful to the Club," he said.

Hoping for a Barça win

On this Sunday’s clash with Real Madrid, a game he’ll will watch at the Camp Nou, Rivaldo said that Barça are favoured to win the three points: “It’s a difficult match. Complicated. You never know what’s going to happen because Madrid have a great side and they’ve won at the Camp Nou. But playing at home, I think Barça can win.”

Rivaldo, donning the Blaugrana strip, also scored in a handful of Clásicos:


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