Nobody else in the Barcelona team can help Lionel Messi on the pitch except Luis Suarez, Rivaldo has said.
Rivaldo said, at the moment, once the Argentine attacker is marked during games, the threat Barca poses in attack becomes tremendously reduced.
According to him, Messi is the only player taking responsibility with the ball, shooting from outside the box and attempting to unsettle defenders, and because no one is helping, the job is getting too overwhelming for the South American.
He added that Barcelona are seriously missing Suarez and it is unfair to blame Lionel for the club’s recent struggles.
His words, “As usual, Lionel Messi had little space to play in.
“He is Barca’s match winner and if he is well defended their chances of being threatening in attack are severely reduced.
“At the moment, he is the only Barcelona player taking responsibility with the ball, shooting from outside the box and trying to unbalance opposing defenders.
“No one else in the team seems capable of helping him in that department. That makes things tough for the Argentinian.
“Without Luis Suarez, Barcelona loses a lot because, apart from Messi, they have no other player who can surprise opponents. The Uruguayan works hard, is fearless and puts opposing defences to the sword very often.
“Barca are missing Suarez and, in his absence, they’re putting all the responsibility on Messi.
“When they lose, everyone starts asking what happened to Messi. He is always the target of fans’ frustration when things don’t go so well for the team but that’s unfair.”