Rivaldo claims Manchester City are favourites to sign Lionel Messi this summer.
The 33-year old Argentine forward has entered the final six months of his contract and is destined to leave Camp Nou by the summer.
Messi refused to take the club to court when the board refused to let him leave for free last summer.
There has been speculations of Messi reuniting with his former manager Pep Guardiola and Man City are frontrunners in signing the Barca legend for free claims Rivaldo.
“Pep Guardiola has one of the best squads in Europe and Manchester City are in incredible form right now after 20 consecutive wins, jumping to a 13-point lead in the league and taking a solid step forward in Europe this week,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“City are a very rich club and that allows them to sign the best players in the world. For that reason, they would be a very solid destination for Lionel Messi if he leaves Barcelona.
“Mix the great moment of form they’re going through with the fact that Guardiola has already coached Messi with huge success, and it’s clear that the English club would become even stronger with the Argentinian star on their ranks.
“In fact, with Messi, they would be the favourite to win any competition.”
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