Lots Of Options For Messi
Under MLS rules, if you are out of the playoffs, you can loan out a player to another team outside the United States.
And, since Inter Miami was taken out of playoff contention, rumors started creeping up about whether the team would send Messi out to either his long-time club, Barcelona, or accept a lucrative loan deal from Saudi Arabia.
If you’ve been reading Inter Heron for very long, you know Ken and I have hit on both of those rumors… at length.
ICYMI, here is Ken’s take on the prospect of Messi returning to Barcelona for a short-term reunion tour.
And… more recently, I dove into the idea of to rekindle his “rivalry” with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both rumors carry with them a lot of sentimentality.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Messi suit up in Barcelona colors one more time, right?
In terms of Saudi Arabia… yeah, the more I think about it, there isn’t a lot of sentimentality for that move other than fans getting to see Ronaldo and Messi on the same pitch one last time.
Either way, as Ken and I both explain, it would take an additional toll on Messi who has played nearly non-stop since starting last season for Paris Saint-Germain.
Except for the short month off between the end of Ligue One’s season and his signing for Inter Miami, Messi has had no break in either training or play.