Lionel Messi ‘considering sensational MLS transfer’ after leaving Barcelona
Sept. 09, 2019
A MOVE to Major League Soccer is one option being contemplated by Lionel Messi, according to reports in Spain.
Now aged 32, the Argentine's post-Barcelona career continues to be a topic of speculation.
Mundo Deportivo claim a switch to the United States is of interest to Messi but there is no suggestion he will move soon.
Similarly, a spell with boyhood club Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine city of Rosario remains on his agenda.
Rumours mounted after it emerged the striker has the option to leave for free at the end of each season on his current contract.
Running to 2021, the deal's get-out clause allows him to negotiate a summer exit with rival teams from January.
However Barcelona are reportedly without doubt that Messi wouldn't enact the break.
And yet the La Liga champions plan to offer a mega lifetime or ten-year contract as a show of thanks for his service.
MLS has been a favourite destination for players towards the end of their career since David Beckham's famous LA Galaxy switch in 2007.
Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, David Villa and Steven Gerrard have all followed suit since.
However waving goodbye to his best days is not something Messi plans to do just yet, and his injury absence from the opening weeks of the season has again shown his importance at the Camp Nou.