Argentine superstar Lionel Messi could follow his ‘number one’ rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy, believes former Barcelona star striker Javier Saviola.

Portugal ace Ronaldo joined Juventus from La Liga giants Real Madrid for £105 million this summer. The stature of Serie A and Old Lady grew overnight after the shocking summer transfer, sparking speculation that a few more high profile names could join the former Real Madrid man in Italy.

And now Saviola has sparked speculations by saying his fellow countryman, Lionel Messi, could one day move to Inter Milan due to the unpredictability of football.

“Leo (Lionel Messi), I see him very identified in Barca,” Javier Saviola told FCInterNews, adding, “It is difficult to imagine it or to see it with another camiseta [shirt]. Then again everything can happen in the world of football.”

Saviola further said, “This is why Inter fans must not lose hope, even if I repeat it will be very difficult to see the Flea wearing a jacket different from that of the Catalans.”

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Earlier, both Ronaldo and Messi skipped the FIFA Best Player award in London last week where Luka Modric ended their decade-long domination.

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Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo: AFP)


Despite losing the FIFA best player for 2018 to the Croatian superstar, Saviola feels that the duo are still at the top of the game with Messi just slightly ahead in the battle.

“Personally, I prefer Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo because the way he plays is the way I believe football should be played,” Saviola told the Hindustan Times, adding, “There is no doubt that Cristiano is a fantastic player but how Messi has played in the last few years show why he is the best in the world.”

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Saviola added, “(Kylian) Mbappe is also a great talent who has proved his mettle on the grand stage. But, I think it will be really difficult for the new stars to surpass Messi and Cristiano right now.”