Lionel Messi is expected to leave Inter Miami on loan in the coming months. Here are five clubs who could sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Inter Miami’s playoff hopes were dashed with a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati, meaning Messi won’t resume MLS action until February.
Messi, who joined the Florida club on a two-and-a-half-year deal this summer, has so far scored 12 goals in 13 appearances, with the club unbeaten until their latest loss to Cincinnati.
However, due to his lack of game time until February, there have been rumors of a short-term loan to allow the striker to maintain his fitness.
Five are the five clubs where Messi can end up on loan.
Messi is undoubtedly Barcelona’s best player, having scored 474 goals in 520 appearances from 2004 to 2021.
He won 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, four Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and three Club World Cups with the Blaugrana.
Messi may have played his best football under Pep Guardiola, who often hails the Argentine star as the greatest player of all time.
City allegedly had the chance to sign Messi in 2021, following his departure from Barcelona.
Perhaps the treble winners could look to bring in the 36-year-old on a short-term deal to spur them on in the second half of the season.
Saudi Arabia Super League
While Messi is unlikely to join Al Nassr, a club who already have old rival Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, Al Hilal, Al Ahli and Al Ittihad could all be keen to sign the player.
All four aforementioned clubs were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in June and can easily cover the player’s huge salary.
Indeed, Al Hilal were hoping to tempt Messi to Saudi Arabia with a €400m-a-year contract.
Saudi clubs may make another attempt to sign Messi, if only for a short-term period.