Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas is prepared to make efforts in signing Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
Major League Soccer has often become the prime destination for ageing football stars over the past decade. The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frank Lampard, and Wayne Rooney have all graced the football pitches in the country.
However, the best is yet to come for the football fans in the US, especially as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi near the final stages of their respective footballing careers. Multiple MLS outfits have harboured a dream of bringing them to the American shores, and it appears Inter Miami are already prepared to push for the arrival of at least one of them, in the form of Messi.
Speaking to the media, as reported by Goal, Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas has opened up on his desire to sign the Argentine in the coming years despite the complications he could face.
“Leo Messi is still one of the best players in the world, his skills have not diminished. I think, and David has a relationship with him, if he does leave PSG, at the time he leaves it, we’d love to see Lionel Messi be a player at Inter Miami and be part of our community,” Mas said.
Jorge Mas, who is an American business, founded Inter Miami along with footballing superstar David Beckham and his son Jose Mas. The club was founded on the promise of luring decorated stars across the footballing world, and within the first couple of years, the board has managed to acquire the services of players like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi.
Speaking about the chances of luring Messi in, Mas responded, “Can it happen? Look, we’ll push. I’m an optimist at heart. Could I see that happening? It’s a possibility.”
Messi is currently contracted to PSG until 2023, with an option to extend his stay in Paris for a further year. The former Barcelona superstar, though, has endured a rather slow start to his Ligue 1 career, having netted only two goals in 16 league outings.
The attacker has started the new year on a positive note, with six of his 11 assists coming in the last five matches. He will be hoping to maintain his high level of creative output throughout the remainder of the campaign and help PSG put an end to their agonising wait for the UEFA Champions League title.
It goes without saying that a disappointing end to the campaign could tempt Messi to find an early exit from Paris. The Argentine already owns a property in Miami, and the idea of moving to the city, which already harbours a sizable Hispanic community, may seem plausible come next summer.