Taking into consideration the situation of Barcelona in the last two years, Lionel Messi's flight away from Camp Nou seems like a much believable option now. The Barca talisman will be a free agent in the summer transfer window of 2021 and clubs across the league have already expressed their desires to recruit him.
While Messi's connection with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were deemed the strongest when he announced a potential transfer, the Spanish manager has clearly stated that the 2016 champions are not interested in him. Other options that swelled up with time were pointing towards Turin, Milan and even Paris. However, there has not been any official statement from the six-time Ballon d'or winner on his preference as such.
However, a quick flashback to a LaSexta interview clears some fog. Lionel Messi during a conversation with Jordi Evole revealed his interest in MLS and the United States. The Argentine did say the move wouldn't happen soon, but his current club's situation can result in a move to the west.
"I've always said I would like to experience the league in the United States, but that's not for now," Leo said in the interview.
Analyzing what options in MLS could lure Messi brings three major teams - Inter Miami, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City.
When talking about Inter Miami, one would often mention the name of football legend David Beckham. However, other potential reasons for Messi to join the newcomers carry some weight. For one, Inter Miami cradles many Spanish players, a playing style Messi has been dipped from head to toe in. The other main reason stands in the geographic beauty of Florida.
Los Angeles Galaxy too stand a strong chance of roping in the No 10, when one considers their history. LA Galaxy has been home to multiple football stars who have wanted to adapt the American way of dribbling. David Beckham, Ashley Cole, Landon Donovan, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, most recently, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, all were part of the LA Galaxy.
A move to New York City could be a predicted one, if Lionel Messi joins hands with Manchester City in the future. Owing to the ownership of the New York City and Manchester City lying in the hands of the Etihad group, a potential reunion with Pep Guardiola stays on the cards.