Brazil legend Rivaldo has launched a scathing attack on the decision to give AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta the No.10 shirt for his country.
Paqueta joined Milan back in January with the Rossoneri paying €35million to sign him from Brazilian side Flamengo, however the general consensus is that he has not yet fully settled in.
The 23-year-old has already worked under three different managers at Milan and has been moved between playing as a winger and as a midfielder.
Despite this, he seems to be becoming an ever-present for the Brazilian national team, and it was confirmed prior to their 1-0 friendly defeat against Argentina that he would wear the famous No.10 shirt.
However, Rivaldo has expressed his disagreement with the decision, branding it “disrespectful” for him to wear such an iconic number.
“I watched Brazil-Argentina and am sad to see the Number 10 shirt was given to Paqueta,” Rivaldo said 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 must not burn out 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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Assisti o jogo entre Brasil 🇧🇷 x Argentina 🇦🇷 e fiquei muito triste de ver o que aconteceu com a camisa 10. Deram a camisa 10 para o Paquetá contra a Argentina. Camisa que é respeitada mundialmente. Esta camisa não é para ficar no banco e muito menos sair no intervalo, porque é a camisa que o mundo conhece e respeita porque foi usada e honrada por Pelé, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaká, Ronaldinho, Neymar. O jogador não tem culpa, mas a comissão técnica sim, pois eles sabem do peso desta camisa e também que poderia queimar o garoto de 22 anos que pode ter um grande futuro com a seleção brasileira. Da mesma forma que o treinador quis proteger o Rodrygo, que está jogando muito bem no Real Madrid, para esse jogo, poderia ter protegido o Paquetá de jogar com essa camisa. Todos nós sabemos que Brasil 🇧🇷 e Argentina 🇦🇷 nunca será um jogo amistoso.