Soccer fans believe the GOAT debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is over if the former opts to move to MLS.
Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires next summer, with speculation surrounding his future mounting.
There are said to be three options for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner at the moment. They stay at PSG, make an emotional return to Barcelona or move to America and play for Inter Miami.
Athletic claim Miami, who are co-owned by David Beckham and managed by Phil Neville, are increasingly confident of signing Messi after discussions with the Argentina international.
Messi has previously stated that he would like to play with Stadion before the end of his career.
However, the report has a lot of people on social media talking. Messi is 35 years old and has spent the last two seasons playing in France.
Ligue 1 is seen as the weakest of Europe’s top five leagues due to the wealth PSG possesses compared to every other team.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo is 37 and has returned to the Premier League with Manchester United in 2021. He has scored 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in the league.
Many claim that Messi is taking the ‘easy way out’ when it comes to his career, while Ronaldo wants to stay at the top level for as long as possible.
One person said: “Lionel Messi is actually doing what they said Cristiano Ronaldo would do, he went to Ligue 1 to hit the stat pad and now he’s going to MLS to retire at 35.”
A second sentence: “Messi was running in MLS to make a statpad at 35, while Ronaldo was winning the league as his club’s top scorer (relevant league, not farmers league) and he is playing in the toughest league at 37. I know my GOAT.”
One tweeted: “Messi to retire and play in MLS at 35, Ronaldo ends Premier League season as 3rd top scorer with middling United.”
While another added: “Whatever Ronaldo’s faults – and he has many – he is completely demented when it comes to winning and achieving. Messi just isn’t like that, which is now all too apparent.”
Messi struggled in his first season in France but looks back to his best this year.
He has scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 17 games in all competitions. His latest was a long-range screamer in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Troyes.
PSG return to action against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.