Inter identities have talked up the prospect this week, including former president Massimo Moratti. But Braida, an icon with AC Milan, just can't see the Argentine leaving the Nou Camp.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "It is difficult for me to imagine him away from Barcelona. He is the undisputed king. He came as a child and everyone loves him. In my opinion, certain speeches are utopian.
"In life, as in football, you can never say never. But, even with an effort, I cannot find any reason for his possible departure. Messi is a wonderful person and, economically speaking, he earns important figures. He and Barça are perfect together."
Braida, however, would love to see Messi playing in Serie A.
"It would be nice, but seriously Messi and Barcelona are one. And Inter would do well to stay with someone like Lautaro (Martinez)."
Braida concluded, "He is the strongest footballer on the planet. He comes first and the rest come later. He has nothing to do with others. I would not change him for anyone."