Boca Juniors president Joan Roman Riquelme needs to look at himself and the club rather than continuing to criticise Valentin Barco for his move to Brighton and Hove Albion.

That’s according to Carlos Mac Allister, father of former Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who believes Riquelme may be aiming his ire in the wrong place.

Barco joined Brighton in the January transfer window, with the Seagulls activating a release clause in his contract after months of negotiations failed to end in an agreement being struck with Boca.

The deal going through in that manner has infuriated  Riquelme, who has consistently and persistently criticised the player for leaving in the manner that he did.

Barco has attempted to cool this war of words but Riquelme has not accepted that, even calling for institutional change in Argentina to stop young talents leaving so quickly.

That’s a message he’s been spread for some time, something Carlo Mac Allister knows all too well, having seen his son also criticised when he left the club to join Brighton earlier in his career.

“When one goes wrong it can be a problem for the player. Two wrongs, it’s a player’s problem,” he told Radio la Red, relayed by TN.

“Now, when so many go wrong, we have to check if the problem is not you.”

He was also full of praise for Brighton, believing that Barco joins a club better set up to succeed than the one his son joined fully in 2020.

“(It is) a very orderly institution, like all English ones,” he added.

“He finds a very different institution than the one Alexis found, because he came to a team that was saved from relegation on the last day.

“Colito comes to a team from the middle of the table up, with a project that has already shown that it is good. Afterwards, he has to adapt. See what is the best position for him in the team.”