Saturday November 16 2019
Rivaldo: 'Paqueta can't be Brazil 10'

Brazil hero Rivaldo launched a surprising attack on Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta, claiming it is “disrespectful” to give him the Number 10 jersey.

Paqueta wore the iconic Number 10 during yesterday’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Argentina.

“I watched Brazil-Argentina and am sad to see the Number 10 shirt was given to Paqueta,” wrote Rivaldo on Instagram.

“That jersey is known and respected all over the world, so cannot be given to someone who ought to be on the bench or play only half the game. That is disrespectful.

“It is famous because it was worn by the likes of Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Neymar. I don’t blame Paqueta at all, but Tite and his staff ought to know how much weight that jersey puts on your shoulders.

“They mustn’t ‘burn up’ a 22-year-old like Paqueta, who can have a great future ahead of him. He ought to be protected, the same way Rodrygo was at Real Madrid.”

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