Zanetti: Messi was never close to Inter

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti reveals that Lionel Messi was “never close” to joining the Nerazzurri.

The Nerazzurri legend spoke to ESPN and was asked about rumors linking Messi with the “San Siron” before the Argentine decided to join Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.

“Was it close? No never. “The truth is that we have never been close to signing him.”


“After the pandemic, the club was in a complicated situation from an economic point of view. “Moreover, no one thought that Leo could really leave Barcelona, it was a surprise for everyone.”

“I’m happy for him, I recently met him in Paris and I hugged him. “He loved this moment more than anyone else and he deserved it,” said Zanetti.