Lionel Messi will likely leave Inter Miami on loan in the coming months. Below are 5 clubs that could sign the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi is being asked to borrow by Barca
Messi is definitely Barca’s greatest ever player, having scored 474 goals in 520 appearances from 2004 to 2021. He has won 10 La Liga titles, 7 King’s Cups, 7 Super Cups Spain, 4 Champions League, 2 European Super Cups and 3 FIFA Club World Cups with Blaugrana.
However, coach Tata Martino recently announced that Inter Miami refused to loan Messi to Barca next January. He shared with Goal: “Is he going out? Maybe Messi will visit Barcelona. Other than that, I don’t know anything else about it.”
Man City could also be Messi’s short-term landing spot
Messi may have played his best football under Pep Guardiola, who often hailed the Argentine star as the greatest player of all time. Man City is said to have a chance to sign Messi in 2021, after he leaves Barca. But in the end, the deal failed and La Pulga joined PSG. Perhaps Man City could look to bring in the 36-year-old on a short-term deal to push them forward in the second half of the 2023/24 season.
CLUBS OF SAUDI ARABIA
Al Hilal has not yet given up its ambition to have Messi
It is unlikely that Messi will join Al Nassr when this club already has Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad. But Al Hilal, Al Ahli and Al Ittihad could all be interested in signing for la Pulga. All of the above clubs were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in June and can easily cover the Argentine player’s huge salary.
During the summer, Al Hilal hoped to lure Messi to the Saudi Pro League with a contract worth 400 million euros per year but failed. They and other teams in Saudi Arabia could make a new attempt to sign Messi, even if only in the short term.