Speculation regarding a move to Italy for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has resurfaced. Inter have been linked with Messi on a regular basis down the years, with the club’s former president Massimo Moratti stirring the pot with comments in which he claimed that a deal for the Nerazzurri is not a “forbidden dream”.
While those at San Siro may believe that an exit door could swing open at Camp Nou, Rivaldo doubts that a deal would be done with a European rival if Barca ever agreed to part with a talismanic presence – with Asia or America considered more likely destinations.
The Blaugrana legend told Betfair of the latest transfer talk: “Inter’s president Massimo Moratti said this week that he could bring Lionel Messi to the club and resume his personal clash with Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy, but as I’ve said before I don’t believe that the Argentinian would leave Barcelona for any other European club.
“Even if a move to Inter could be financially encouraging for the player, I suspect that wouldn’t be enough to convince him and I think this is more like propaganda from Inter’s president than a real possibility in the next transfer market.”
World Cup winner Rivaldo has stated on a regular basis that he expects Messi to remain a one-club man,
with the mercurial Argentine already assured of standing among the all-time greats.