Rumors are that Lionel Messi might move to Inter Miami. The fact that fellow Argentine Javier Morales has been named temporary head coach makes the situation more interesting.
Morales is the latest Argentinian to join the club. Sebastian Saja is the custodian coach, Federico Higuain is the head coach of Inter’s reserve team, and Cristian Raul Ledesma is an assistant coach. Even though it might be a coincidence, Morales’ new job seems to line up with stories that Miami is interested in Messi, whose deal with Paris St. Germain is about to end. The club and Major League Soccer haven’t denied these reports, so people can still wonder if Messi will move to the South Florida team.
Getting Lionel Messi would cost a lot of money, but Miami hopes that the chance for him to end his career with a rich deal in a Spanish-speaking area would be appealing. But it will be hard for Morales to turn around Miami’s failing season. Under the team’s previous coach, Phil Neville, they lost four games in a row, which put them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and 27th out of 29 teams in the league.
Even though there are reports about Messi, other important games are coming up in Major League Soccer. Wayne Rooney, who used to play for Manchester United, will lead D.C. United against Miami. The Western Conference winners, Seattle, and the Portland Timbers, will also play in a rivalry game. Also, FC Cincinnati will play the Chicago Fire. With eight points, FC Cincinnati is currently in first place in the Eastern Conference.
People are talking about three possible places for Messi to go next. Even though Barcelona wants to bring him back, the club’s finances and economic problems may make it hard to do so. Inter Miami could get Messi to move to the MLS with their attractive plan of part-ownership and marketing deals. On the other hand, a Saudi Arabian team called Al-Hilal is said to have offered Messi a rich two-year deal worth more than €1 billion, but the risk to his reputation may make him think twice.
As soon as Paris Saint-Germain head coach Christophe Gaultier said that Messi won’t be back for the 2023–2024 season, rumours about where he will go next grew, with Barcelona, Inter Miami, and Al-Hilal becoming the most likely destinations.