Ronaldinho has been linked with Inter Milan courtesy of Nike's involvement, but the sportswear giants' Italian GM, Andrea Rossi, said: "For a footballer's career, the decisions are made only by he and his agent, we do not ever get involved.

"The assumption about Inter pressure is just speculation. And our show cases like Paolo Maldini, or Kobe Bryant and Lebron James in the NBA, play in teams that have as a sponsor one of our competitors."