Lionel Messi doesn’t need to finish his Major League Soccer career to help develop the game in the United States, says Charlotte FC boss Miguel Angel Ramirez, with the Spaniard suggesting the Argentine public figure has already helped develop the sport in the United States.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, fresh from Ligue 1 title success in his first season away from Barcelona, has been linked with a move to MLS to end his career, with just one year remaining on his contract at the Parc des Princes and a World Cup final with Argentina looming.
Still, Ramirez doesn’t think the striker needs to conclude his time playing his trade in the competition, arguing that his global reach and reputation have already enhanced the reputation of the game.
What did Ramirez say about Messi in MLS?
“I would tell you that, as an impact on society, there is no need for Messi to reach MLS,” Ramirez said. GOAL. “We are already noticing that.
“It’s not just the Latino community that comes to the games. A lot of Americans are coming and more and more boys are playing football. There’s been a paradigm shift in this country.
“People told me [that] neither basketball nor American football has achieved what football has achieved.”
Could Messi move to MLS?
Over the past decade, North America’s biggest league has become something of a coda for several legendary footballers, with stars such as Messi’s former Argentina team-mate Gonzalo Higuain and former England striker Wayne Rooney among those who made the trade.
But with at least a year to go before arriving in Paris, the prospect of an immediate move for the star is fanciful, especially with Qatar 2022 and a likely last credible chance to grab the World Cup looming.
Even beyond that, there could well be a return to Barcelona on the cards, with the Argentine’s longtime association with the Blaugrana still likely to suggest a homecoming.