Barcelona suffered a shock exit from the Champions League after a 4-0 defeat against Liverpool at the Anfield in the second leg semifinal despite winning the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou.
Ronaldo de Lima was quick to defend his fellow compatriot Philippe Coutinho after Barcelona poor outing against the Reds, the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star believes that too much criticism is heaped on the former Liverpool midfielder when Barcelona fail to win instead of the team sharing the blame collectively.
Barcelona was eliminated in an embarrassing fashion for the second season consecutively and the former world best believes other players deserve respect.
"Barcelona have a great team, and they have the best player in the world in Messi," Ronaldo said at an event for Santander Bank.
Mourinho reacts to Barca heavy defeat against Liverpool
Real Madrid & Chelsea close to complete deal for two players
REPORT: Liverpool ace blasts Barca star after 4-0 defeat
"The other day I heard that when they lose, it's because of Valverde, Coutinho... but not Messi.
"And when they win, Barcelona win because of Messi.
"It's a tremendous lack of respect to all the players and the coaching staff.
”Ronaldo, who is now a majority shareholder in Real Valladolid, was not surprised to see Liverpool come out victorious on Tuesday night after seeing their intensity on the pitch.
"When a team are a lot more motivated, with an intensity that is noticeably greater than that of their opponents, [the comeback] can happen," added Ronaldo.
"Liverpool's intensity was not a surprise for Barcelona, but they lacked a bit of luck.
"The first leg was a great match by Barcelona, with an exceptional performance by Messi, but in the return fixture, Liverpool overwhelmed them with intensity, desire and clinical nature.”
Barcelona will settle for the La Liga title and hopefully the Copa del Rey title this season.