Rivaldo believes Manchester City could be the best option for Messi if he chooses to leave Camp Nou this summer.
The Argentine sent a shockwave to the entire world when his camp asked Barca to trigger a clause in his contract which could allow him to leave on a free transfer.
The Spanish giants claim that the release clause has expired and Messi can only leave if a rival club agrees to pay €700million (£629m) release clause.
Rivaldo believes Messi reuniting with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad would be a wiser option for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
‘Manchester City could be Messi’s best option as his next club,’ the former Barcelona and Brazil star told Betfair.
‘He’s 33 but his quality and talent are both unquestionable and I think he still has a few more years at the top. He could quickly start shining in England.
‘Guardiola has deep knowledge of Messi’s abilities and would find a solution to quickly incorporate him into the team and get the best from him.
‘I even imagine Guardiola building the rest of his team around Messi. His talent can make the difference at any place and at any time, and I’m sure he could produce match-winning performances in the Premier League.’
Rivaldo hopes that the two parties can reach a compromise and find some sort of agreement between them.
‘It’s sad to see Messi, Barcelona’s greatest ever player, trying to use a contract release clause to leave the club, but we must hear both sides of the story and try to understand what’s really happening,’ he continued.
‘Barcelona don’t want to lose their best player for nothing so they’ll try to convince the player to stay or agree to let him leave if they receive a good offer from another club.
‘The best solution would be an agreement between the parties but judging from their fax communication yesterday it’s clear there is some kind of misunderstanding so they’re unlikely to reach an agreement in the next few days.’