MLS Reportedly Has One Key Way of Luring Lionel Messi to the United States

If Lionel Messi were to leave Europe, the likely destination would be MLS side Inter Miami; however, reports that the 35-year-old wants to play another season in the old continent dampens their hopes. 

Nonetheless, Sport reported on Monday, citing sources, that MLS is ready to step in and help Inter Miami facilitate the signing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner should he leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires in June. 

The Spanish media outlet notes that the league met with its owners and all agreed on MLS stepping in to help bring Messi to the United States. Unsurprisingly, all owners said yes to this proposal considering they’d all benefit from having the Argentine.

MLS clubs decided they would all pay a part of Messi’s salary so that he could sign with a team and then choose where to play: If he wants to play in Miami, Los Angeles, or New York.

For a strictly commercial purpose, the MLS clubs treasure that they would pay for a player they would not have on their team. Still, his mere presence would cause a boost in the sale of television rights: It is one thing to sell MLS with Messi and another without. 

If MLS does secure the veteran forward, it will allow them to make a significant leap in quality to popularize this sport in the United States, considering the 2026 World Cup will be held in the country. 

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