Messi considering MLS move
Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract is making headlines.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed Messi has a get-out clause in his deal.
Now, a move across the pond could be on the cards for the Argentina superstar…
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi could leave Camp Nou for MLS, according to Mundo Deportivo and Diario AS.
Messi has an annual exit option in his deal and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could swap Spain for the United States.
It comes as the Catalan giants look to offer Messi – who has been linked to David Beckham's Inter Miami franchise – a lifetime contract.
According to the sources, after the Argentine striker puts an end to his long and successful career as a Barcelona player, he would be interested in making a move to the MLS to have the opportunity to live a new experience before retiring.
Following in the footsteps of big stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa or David Beckham, the Argentine star, considered and revered by many as the best player in the world, would land in a competition that has considerably grown in the last few years.
However, the aforementioned newspaper also recalls that the Rosario striker always made clear his desire to retire at Newell's Old Boys, a club that saw him grow up when he was just a child in his hometown.
Hence, the future of a player who has conquered all possible records in football, marking a before and after in history, is still unknown.
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