Ronaldo in the competitive arena of the Saudi Pro League. Messi revealed this revelation amid failed attempts to secure a return to his former club, Barcelona, according to a report by goal.com citing Time.

Inter Miami’s Messi Sparks Global Interest with Consideration of Saudi Move


In a surprising turn of events, Lionel Messi, the revered Argentine football icon, has openly acknowledged his contemplation of joining forces with Cristiano Ronaldo in the competitive arena of the Saudi Pro League. Messi revealed this revelation amid failed attempts to secure a return to his former club, Barcelona, according to a report by goal.com citing Time.

Expressing his considerations, Messi disclosed that the allure of the “very powerful” Saudi league became a tempting option after facing setbacks in his pursuit of rejoining Barcelona. The football maestro deliberated between the prospect of playing in Saudi Arabia or making a move to the Major League Soccer (MLS), both of which he found intriguing.

This disclosure comes on the heels of Messi’s departure from Paris Saint-Germain to join Inter Miami during the summer transfer window. Since his arrival in July, the Argentine sensation has significantly elevated the profile of the US league, steering Inter Miami to victory in the Leagues Cup and influencing fellow ex-Barcelona players like Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets to join the ranks of the David Beckham-owned club.

Is Messi joining Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League?

Had Messi opted for the Saudi Pro League, football enthusiasts worldwide could have witnessed a historic showdown between arguably the two greatest footballers of our time. This hypothetical clash would have materialized after Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing with Al Nassr in December 2022, inking a two-year contract.

Currently enjoying a well-deserved break following the conclusion of the MLS season, Messi, now with Inter Miami, is gearing up for the team’s preseason preparations. Their first friendly is scheduled against El Salvador on January 19, 2024. Amidst this respite, there’s speculation about Messi’s potential reunion with another former Barcelona teammate, Luis Suarez.

Despite Suarez hinting at retirement due to a persistent knee issue, there’s anticipation that he might join Messi in Miami for a single season, adding another layer of excitement to Inter Miami’s upcoming campaign.

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