Former Portugal international Luis Figo says Barcelona will survive despite the departure of Neymar in a record-breaking €222million deal in August.
Figo who also sensationally quit Barca for fierce rivals Real Madrid in July 2000, mere months before winning the Ballon d’Or says the Selecao forward’s defection to the Parc des Princes will affect the former paymasters but they will evolve back to strength.
“Big clubs always survive that kind of situation,” he said.
“It’s impossible that clubs like Barcelona or Madrid only depend on one player.
“But, of course, he’s a big loss, because he’s one of the best football players in the world.
“Let’s see how they deal with that during the season.”
Barca, the early leaders in LaLiga, are in action away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.