Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two players who are considered the best in the world. For many years, the two have dominated European football and now there is an opportunity for clubs to sign these amazing specimens. The Portuguese winger has a year left with Juventus but the club might want to sell him to sponsor some other transfers and the Argentine has just about three months left on his contract with Barcelona. Liga MX president, Mikel Arriola, has claimed that the two legends could end up in his league or the Major League Soccer in the United States.
The two superstars are nearing the end of their professional careers and could want to play more casually now and avoid injuries. This is the main reason why they would be interested in joining a non-European league. Apart from that, the MLS teams would offer the two extremely lucrative contracts and Inter Miami has already declared their wishes to bring in Messi at the end of the season. The Liga MX has not been in the picture before but they are definitely the better league in North America and could thus be more appealing to the stars.
Liga MX President tips Ronaldo and Messi to leave European football.
In an interview with ESPN, the president talked about the chances of bringing one of these top players to the Mexican league. He also talked about a potential merger with the MLS which would certainly bring the two leagues much more publicity. Arriola is hopeful that even if they do not shift to North America next season, they could end up in one of the leagues near the end of their career. He said in the interview,
We would be one of the best leagues in the world [if we merge with MLS].”
“The next step would be to have Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo here (Mexico) or in the United States, perhaps in the final phase of their careers.” – Source Goal
While Ronaldo has shown no signs of wanting to join non-European leagues, Messi remains open to the prospect. In an interview with La Sexta last year, the player said,
I always said that I have the impression that I would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, of living in that league and that life, but if it happens or not I don’t know.”
Currently, the only MLS team linked with both the players is David Beckham’s Inter Miami. The South Florida franchise has big dreams of dominating the MLS and they plan to do that by bringing in top-quality players. They already have Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, and now they want to bring in two of the best players in the world. While it is not impossible, it will probably not happen next season. We must wait and see how things work out.
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