At the epicenter of the football hurricane is Lionel Messi, who seems to be at a crossroads with possibilities pointing in various directions. Word circulating in the world is that Messi could be leaving Paris Saint-Germain to join the ranks of Inter Miami, while hopes of a return to Barcelona persist despite the Catalan giant’s financial woes.
Inter Miami: a tempting proposal
Close sources have confirmed that Major League Soccer (MLS) and Inter Miami feel confident that they can get the Argentine star. The offer that has been presented to Messi would involve payments from two of MLS’s main business partners, apple and adidascompanies with the financial capacity to match the potential gains of a return to Barcelona.
The possibility of Messi joining Inter Miami before returning to Barcelona on loan is also a strategy being considered. This move would allow Messi one last chance to win the Champions League under Xavi before focusing on MLS for the final years of his career.
The return to Barcelona: an impossible dream?
On the other hand, Messi’s father, Jorge, has maintained a constant dialogue with Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, and it is no secret that his preferred destination is the Camp Nou. However, it remains to be seen if Barcelona is in a position to win Messi back, despite the fact that La Liga has approved its financial viability plan.
The Catalan club’s priority tasks appear to be registering Gavi’s new contract and officially ratifying the improved offers from Ronald Araujo and Alejandro Balde. Financial uncertainty could result in Messi deciding not to wait and opting for another offer.
Other offers on the game board
In addition to MLS and Barcelona, an astronomical bid from Al Hilal of the Saudi Professional League is also at stake. This offer, revealed by 90min in May, is understood to be in excess of €400m a year, considerably more than Cristiano Ronaldo is earning at Al Nassr.
At the moment, there are no indications that Messi is considering accepting this offer. However, time is against Barcelona: the more time they need to work out their financial plans, the more likely Messi is to get impatient.
The football landscape is as volatile as it is exciting, and Lionel Messi’s future is in the spotlight. While the options are debated and the offers are launched, the world of soccer eagerly awaits to know the next step of the Argentine star. Will it be a new adventure with Inter Miami or a nostalgic return to Barcelona? Only time will tell.