Lionel Messi will be entering the final year of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, and after that, it’s a mystery as to what the Argentine will plan to do with his career.
The 34-year-old will have an option to stay for another year, but if both parties decide not to trigger it, it opens various scenarios of where he goes next.
The FIFA World Cup would be behind him, and perhaps the long-awaited rumor could become true. Since Inter Miami came into MLS, it hasn’t been a secret that they have wanted Messi to finish his career in South Florida.
Should the PSG forward decide to head to North America, former United States international Tim Howard stated that Messi arriving would generate a similar “fanfare” in the country as Brazil legend Pele.
“What I would say is that we’ve seen a lot of international superstars come to America. He’s [Lionel Messi] going to come. Honestly, I tell you this, it will be like nothing we’ve ever seen,” Howard told The Pat McAfee Show.
“This guy, I swear to you, he’s a god. I’ve witnessed it; I’ve played against him. The fanfare that’s going to surround if he goes to Miami, it will be like since Pele. Honestly, it’s crazy if it happens.”
It seems as though Messi could opt for the beaches to finish his career rather than heading back to Barcelona to reconcile after his abrupt departure last summer. The Argentine will have a full year to decide; nonetheless, it will be interesting which path he takes.