The two best players of the last decades are seeing plenty of rumors about their future.
La Liga MX president Mikel Arriola has said he wants to attract Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to his league or Major League Soccer.
The top two North American leagues are in talks for a merger, with Arriola hoping it could take place after the 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The latter believes that by continuing their development, the two leagues could sign one of the two biggest stars of football in the coming years.
Speaking to ESPN, Arriola said: “We would be one of the best leagues in the world [si nous fusionnons avec la MLS]. The next step would be to have Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo here (Mexico) or in the United States, maybe in the final stage of their career. “
Messi’s future beyond this season is unclear, with the FC Barcelona icon entering the final months of his Camp Nou contract.
In an interview with La Sexta in December, Messi said he was open to a future transfer to MLS, saying: “I’ve always said that I feel like I would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, of living in this league and this life, but whether it’s going to happen or not, I don’t know. not.”
Ronaldo, whose contract with Juventus expires in 2022, has also been tipped to join North America, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami being heavily linked with a transfer from the Portuguese star. Especially since for three seasons, the Portuguese has failed to turn Juve in the Champions League.
The two leagues have been slated for a merger for years, though MLS commissioner Don Garber said in December that such a plan was “very far”.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino backed the project at a press conference last week, saying: “I think the potential of the United States and Mexico is enormous, each country separately.
“But of course if you could bring these two countries together it would be amazing and it could very well be the best championship in the world.”