Messi, the greatest player of his generation and perhaps the greatest player of all time, will join MLS with every conceivable accolades at club and international level, including league titles in Spain and France. It will be. He won four Champions League trophies with Barcelona. And the Copa America, and the World Cup against Argentina last December.
With his current employer Paris Saint-Germain out of contract, his status as the best player in the world has made him an invaluable prospect. Miami wasn’t the only option. The 35-year-old Messi avoided both a move to Saudi Arabia, which is presumed to be a return to Barcelona, and a huge $500 million offer. This summer, the best players on the planet will gather in the Gulf.
If the deal goes through, it would be the biggest coup for MLS since Beckham was poached by the LA Galaxy in 2007. The deal changed perceptions around the world of the league’s quality and ambition. In fact, a Messi deal could put the league in even greater focus ahead of the 2026 World Cup hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Messi admitted in an interview that Miami probably wasn’t his first stop. Messi has made it clear to media outlets that devote much of their coverage to Barcelona, the club that has become the greatest player of his generation, that in an ideal world he would have returned to Catalonia. “Obviously, I really wanted to come back,” he said, adding that he had discussed the idea with club manager Xavi Hernández and president Joao Laporta.
Ultimately, however, Barcelona’s financial turmoil forced him to withdraw. “I heard they had to sell a player or take a pay cut, but the truth is, I didn’t want to go through that,” he said, adding that he had sent the team to Barcelona just to deal with it. He suggested that he didn’t want to take the responsibility. he.