Inter Miami CF co-owner Jorge Mas says he is “optimistic” about bringing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to play in Major League Soccer some time.
Messi is out of contract with Barca at the end of the month and has previously expressed a desire to play in the United States in the final years of his career.
Whispers out of Barcelona suggest that Messi will a new contract that will keep him at the Camp Nou for two more years before coming to Inter Miami of Major League Soccer before finally retiring back home in Argentina.
Mas has confirmed that he and co-owner David Beckham are hopeful of accommodating the Argentina international in Miami if he does decide to move to the U.S.
“David and I have been working really hard, we have aspirations of bringing the best players here and Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time,” Mas told the Miami Herald.
“I am optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I think it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in our generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world-class team.”
Speaking last December, Messi confirmed his desire of playing in America.
“I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States and experiencing what the league there is like,” he said.
Having Messi play in MLS would be a major boost for soccer in the U.S.. Yes MLS has grown beyond the big aging European star, but the arrival of one of the top three players to ever play the game would capture the attention of soccer and non-soccer fans across the country.