Lionel Messi’s Loan Speculations Dispelled
Amidst viral speculations, it has been clarified that Inter Miami’s forward, Lionel Messi, is not expected to be sent on loan at the conclusion of the regular Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
A Fiery Start with Inter Miami
Lionel Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami in July 2023 created a buzz as he joined them from Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer.
He made an immediate impact, contributing to their swift victory in the League Cup within a month.
Setback with Injury
However, a setback came when the 36-year-old Argentine captain suffered an injury that kept him out of action for nearly a month.
This injury had implications for his participation in MLS matches.
Limited MLS Action Post-Injury
Due to the injury, Lionel Messi’s involvement in MLS action since early September has been limited to just 72 minutes.
Impact on Inter Miami’s Performance
Inter Miami, who enjoyed eight victories with Messi, struggled to secure a win without the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in their lineup.
This contrast in performance had repercussions for their season.
End of Playoff Hopes for Inter Miami
As things took a downturn, Inter Miami’s season came to a close, and their playoff aspirations faded away following a 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati.
Loan Speculations Arise
In response to this turn of events, speculations arose about Lionel Messi possibly going on loan, with destinations including a Saudi Pro League club or a return to his childhood club, FC Barcelona.
BBC’s Insight on Messi’s Future
However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, as quoted by the BBC, clarified that Messi is expected to take a one-month break after his participation in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying matches. Any notions of a move to Saudi or similar destinations were dispelled.
Looking Ahead to the New MLS Season
When the new MLS season commences in February, Lionel Messi is set to return for preseason in Miami, indicating his continued commitment to Inter Miami.