Barcelona great Rivaldo convinced Lionel Messi is leaving

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Barcelona great Rivaldo has declared Lionel Messi is leaving.

But Rivaldo has indicated that the Catalan side winning a major domestic or European trophy this season may change Messi's mind.

"Barcelona had already negotiated some salary cuts with players and also tried to make a general cut that was declined by the squad, so, this is not new for the players," Rivaldo wrote in his Betfair column.

"But it does reinforce the idea that reaching an agreement to renew Messi's contract is going to be tough with a reduced margin to increase his salary.

"Of course, Messi will have better offers from other clubs, and was already trying to leave the club by the end of last season. I can't see how our board will convince him to move back on that decision.

"In my opinion, only winning the Champions League or LaLiga this season or having [Ronald] Koeman getting the team playing beautiful football can convince Messi to reconsider his options. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this will be his last season with the club."