Rumors are swirling about the future of Argentine forward Lionel Messi, eliminated with Inter Miami from the race for the playoffs in Major League Soccer.
His 11 goals in 13 games were not enough to qualify Inter Miami for the final stage of Major League Soccer. Only 14th (of 15) in the Eastern Conference, the Californian franchise can no longer hold the ninth spot synonymous with the playoffs. This failure is not without consequences for the short-term situation of the Argentine striker Lionel Messi, now deprived of games for many weeks until the start of the new North American financial year.
Barça is no!
On the other side of the Pyrenees, the question of a return to FC Barcelona for the 36-year-old star was raised, in the form of a loan. But as relayed by us, the Catalan club will not ensure the comeback at the Camp Nou for the world champion in 2022, even little motivated by the prospect of wearing the Blaugrana jersey again two and a half years later his free departure to Paris Saint-Germain . For a few hours, another destination had been offered to the natives of Rosario, namely Saudi Arabia.
According to information from the Catalan newspaper Sport, the championship based on the Arabian Peninsula – which in the off-season became the new benchmark for many stars on the planet such as Neymar, Marco Verratti and Karim Benzema – wants to attract the seven-time Ballon d’Or through a loan . The Saudi Pro League dreamed of seeing Lionel Messi join Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, remember he was recruited last winter by Al-Nassr.
Saudi dealmakers downplay any chance of a short-term loan for Lionel Messi. There really isn’t a window of opportunity for a Saudi club to sign Messi, given Inter Miami would have him back for pre-season in late January or early February.🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/ErO2flhVkI
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) 11 October 2023
But barring drama, Lionel Messi is not coming to Saudi Arabia. If we refer to the revelations of the journalist Ben Jacobs, the leaders of the Saudi championship do not believe in his arrival. And for good reason, as Inter Miami are counting on the services of their number 10 in preparation for the 2024 season. His employer wants to see him re-enter the workforce in late January or early February and does not envisage his temporary departure.