Rivaldo Exclusive: Casemiro made wrong decision to join Man Utd

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Speaking to the brand new Betting.Betfair.com website following a slick redesign, Brazlian legend and Betfair ambassador Rivaldo has had his say on how his friend Casemiro is getting on at Manchester United, as well Ballon d'Or contenders Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham.

  • Casemiro was living a 'beautiful life' in Madrid

  • Dortmund can win the Champions League final

  • Bellingham and Vinicius are Ballon d'Or contenders

  • Man Utd could hand City the title vs Arsenal

Casemiro may regret Man Utd move

Casimiro is a great person, a friend of mine and someone I played with when I was at São Paulo. He had an amazing career at Real Madrid. In my opinion, it was the wrong decision for him to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United.

I think he was living a beautiful story at Real Madrid, but of course, the financial side of things helped his decision.

Manchester United are in a terrible moment, with so many injuries. and Casemiro is a midfield player, not a striker or defender, so people criticize him playing out of position, but in my opinion, he is not to blame at all, because Manchester United are struggling massively on their own.

Man Utd may help Man City win title

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In my opinion, in football you must be professional. Players must come in to win, regardless of what happens, regardless of the rivalry.

Arsenal will also come in to win as they are fighting for the title and will be eager for three more points. It's a difficult game and I believe Manchester United will want to win at all costs.

They know that if they win, they help Manchester City, but that's life, and its football. Each player has to be professional.

Real Madrid are the best in the world

I think that, given the number of Champions League titles that Real Madrid has, and the fact they are in another final, they are certainly able to be branded as the best side in the world, due to their steep history and titles.

Of course, when you play for a big club, like I played for Barcelona, ​​you end up always defending your club and your side, but when we analyse, we must not ignore what is in front of us. We cannot ignore the number of titles they have won in club football's biggest competition.

Real Madrid should be congratulated for everything they have achieved in this competition. It's a team that knows how to play Champions League.

Dortmund can win the Champions League final

Real are the favourites for the final. A few weeks ago, I said it would be Real Madrid vs Borussia, so I got the final right! However, I also said the champion would be Borussia.

I think Madrid are favourites, for sure, but Borussia are coming with so much belief; they know how to play this competition, they know how to play in difficult games. We saw it in the two games they played against PSG, winning both legs.

Yes, Madrid are the favourites, but I'm still with Borussia to be the crowned champions.

Vini Jr can top Mbappe in Ballon' d'Or race


Right now, given what he is doing at Real Madrid, he is certainly one of the most important players in the game. He has a great chance of being the best player in the world and winning the Ballon d'Or.

I would say he is already among the three best players in the world, and this year, with what he's been doing at Real Madrid, the way he's been playing... he certainly has a great chance of being the best player in the world and beating Kylian Mbappé to the title.

Bellingham can create his own Ballon d'Or story

Jude Bellingham is another great candidate for this year's Ballon D'Or, too. He's a top player and has the chance to play against his former club in the final, and, to play in England too!

However, it all depends on how the big names play in the Champions League final, and perhaps that may decide who can win the Ballon d'Or. If Real Madrid win, they could have two players, or three, who knows, among the best players in the world.

Barca must bounce back to rival Madrid once again

There have been many years in which Barcelona didn't win anything, right? Sometimes it happens. Barcelona didn't win any titles and it has been a difficult season for Xavi. I have been through this situation when I played for the club, and it's tough.

It's hard when you don't win anything during a season, and you see your biggest rivals winning important titles like the Champions League and LaLiga. I can't say it's one of their worst ever seasons, but it's disappointing for the fans of course.

It has happened with all big clubs. It's difficult for Barcelona, ​​but they must work to get through the season, find the best players in the market to be able to have a great campaign and fight for the Champions League once again next season.

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