Rivaldo: Why Messi won't move to Inter


Former Brazil and FC Barcelona star Rivaldo has explained why Lionel Messi would not make the switch to Inter Milan, even if the Serie A giants had the financial muscle.

Messi has been with the Catalan giants for all his senior footballing career, and has established himself as one of the greatest players in the game in the last decade.

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The Argentine claimed there was a time where he considered leaving the Camp Nou a few years ago, but he eventually opted to stay and help the club achieve more success.

With the Inter links resurfacing this week, Rivaldo feels Messi has no reason to leave for another European league.

“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," Rivaldo told Betfair.

“I think he has no reasons to leave Spain, but if that happens one day then he could sign for a club from China or MLS, but only when he stops being so decisive for the Catalan outfit.

“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.

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“Of course, Inter is a big European club that have recruited excellent players in the past and managed to win some important titles, but I can't imagine Messi changing club while he is still at his best level at Barcelona.

“There were also rumours about potential interest from Manchester City, but their manager Pep Guardiola considers Messi to be where he should be and is still playing at a high enough level to help Barcelona very much.

“So, to sum up I consider that these are just rumours and believe Messi should finish his career in Europe after representing just one club. If he does leave, then it will be to China or a north American club where he can enjoy a different environment with not as much pressure and competitiveness.”