Lionel Messi has reportedly made up his mind on where to hang up his boots. As often speculated, the 33-year-old plans to play his last professional game in the USA.
Often taunted for being a one-club-man, Messi has finally decided to leave the club of his life. And he is intent on taking on challenges in the upcoming future. Recent reports suggest that the Barcelona captain has a good relationship with David Beckham. And it is his MLS side, Inter Miami that is Messi’s ideal choice.
Messi has only ever played professionally for Barcelona, after arriving from Argentina as a teenager. He holds numerous records for the Catalans, the love of life, including being their highest all-time scorer. In short, a club legend.
His current deal however runs out in June and the maestro is yet to formally renew his contract. Rumors are that Leo is waiting for the season to end before making any concrete decisions. However, several reports have suggested that Messi may have everything planned out for his future. And only the finalized terms and conditions remain to be agreed upon.
According to journalist Xavi Campos of Esport3, talks regarding Leo’s renewal have already progressed. After Joan Laporta’s reappointment as club President, the 58-year-old had lunch with Messi.
Lionel’s father, Jorge Messi, who also happens to be his agent, was present at the table. During the lunch, Messi stated his intentions to continue at the elite level of football for two more years. After that, he would love to move to a less competitive league before finally retiring.
The trio also held discussions about the superstar’s future at Barcelona in their meeting at Messi’s house. And the plan ahead is all set.
A not-so-bad retirement plan for Lionel Messi
Inter Miami are a franchise owned by David Beckham. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid legend purchased it in 2018. Inter played their first MLS fixture last year, in 2020.
Upon the inception of his franchise, Leo sent a message to David hinting that he may consider a move to the USA in the future. Messi addressed the England legend in a message saying “HI David. First of all, congratulations. I hope everything goes well with your new project in this new step you are taking. And who know, maybe one day you will give me a call in the next few years.”
Beckham too had replied with a message expressing his wish to bring in Messi and Suarez to the MLS. The MLS has long been somewhat of a retirement league for players to finish their careers in. Various superstars including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have featured in it.
Messi however, had also made comments about ending his career in his boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys. The Argentine outfit was the club that Messi played for before moving to Barcelona aged 13.
But latest reports say that Leo’s move to the USA is inevitable. Now only time can tell where exactly Messi ends up before hanging up his boots. But his fans will certainly hope that Messi continues for more than just 2 years at the top flight.