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REAL MADRID star Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Philippe Coutinho could leave Barcelona if he gets tired of playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi, reports say.
Barcelona have pulled off the biggest deal in January transfer window history by paying £142million to sign Coutinho from Liverpool.The Brazil international moves to the Nou Camp charged with the task of replacing Neymar, who left for PSG back in the summer.
But Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim Real Madrid star Ronaldo thinks Philippe Coutinho may not spend too long in Catalonia.
He has supposedly told his team-mates that he sees Coutinho ending up like Neymar.
The PSG star chose to turn his back on Barcelona in order to emerge from the shadow of Lionel Messi.
Messi was the one pressing for Coutinho’s signing with the player desperate for Barcelona to sign the biggest and best names in world football.But Diario Gol say Ronaldo reckons the Argentina international may end up seeing Barca lose Coutinho further down the line.
He is also said to believe that Coutinho could live to regret his decision to leave Liverpool.
But the Brazilian looked happy today on his unveiling and thanked his former club for letting him go.
“They understood that it was what I wanted,” Coutinho said.
“They did all they could to try to keep me, but in the end they understood that it was my dream, and the dream of my family, to come here.”I just would like to thank all the fans, all the staff and all the players for the years I lived there.”For sure, I gave everything I could. Unfortunately we could not win but I lived [in Liverpool] for five years and my family was very happy there.
“So I just would like to thank them and wish them all the best.”