Barcelona, Saudi Arabia, or the United States, the only options for Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's future remains uncertain as the football star considers his options for the next season, and L'Equipe revealed the three only possibilities on his table at this point in time.
While a third season with Paris Saint-Germain was previously on the table, and in fact a deal was nearly reached last December coming off the World Cup triumph, recent developments have put an end to that possibility.
A return to his former club Barcelona appears unlikely due to the team's financial constraints. La Liga and the president of the Spanish competition, Javier Tebas, want Messi and his appeal back, but they also acknowledge that Barcelona must respect the Financial Fair Play rules.
Despite Messi's enthusiasm about playing under the leadership of his former teammate Xavi, the former knows that moving to Barcelona would take cutting his wage down a lot, something he's seemingly not interested in doing even though his production has suffered of late.
Not to mention, Barcelona's own financial issues have made a comeback for Messi unlikely and might end up being an absolute roadblock.
If the Argentina international can't land in Barcelona, Messi will have two other options to consider: Saudi Arabia or the United States.
According to reports, the Saudis are willing to offer the largest sum ever paid to a football player to convince Messi to join one of their teams. While this scenario seemed unlikely at first, recent weeks have seen the Messi camp take the prospect more seriously, with Paris Saint-Germain willing to let him go there without any problem.
Alternatively, Messi could opt to play for David Beckham's Inter Miami in the United States. While discussions between the two sides have been ongoing, this possibility has never been the top choice. However, this option is looked at more from a long-term perspective. Messi and his family are said to be genuinely interested in the project from the USA.
As the football world eagerly waits for Messi's decision, it remains to be seen where he will play next season. Will he opt for the lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia or head to the United States to play for Inter Miami? Only time will tell.