Messi will hightail it to Miami

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Lionel Messi will join Inter Miami of Major League Soccer in 2021.Based on what? Well, a number of factors. Admittedly, no one knows for sure.

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Lionel Messi will join Inter Miami of Major League Soccer in 2021.

Based on what? Well, a number of factors. Admittedly, no one knows for sure. So call it a gut feel, a forecast — the first in my bold predictions for a bold New Year.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claims the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will make the move in 2023. Based on what? He nearly left Barcelona last summer and if anything the situation at the club has only gotten worse in the few months since.

Sure, Blaugrana manager Ronald Koeman recently chided his boss, president Carlos Tusquets, for saying he regretted not cutting the unsettled 33-year-old loose, but Barcelona under Koeman are a dumpster fire, sixth in La Liga and 10 points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid. Even the Dutchman concedes they’re already out of the title race.

What evidence is there to suggest that Messi will sign another one-year contract when his current one expires? And then another one after that? He already owns a US$13-million property in Miami (at Porsche Tower, which features a super-cool car elevator) and has signalled that he’d like to play in the United States, where he could organize a reunion with former teammate Luis Suarez.

Having won everything there is to win in Europe, and multiple times, the Argentine has absolutely nothing to prove. He’ll retire as the greatest footballer in history, and a new life at a new club might even prolong his career. At the very least he’ll enjoy…

Jerrad Peters

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