‘It Was A Destination That Attracted Me’ – Lionel Messi Speaks On Nearly Joining Al Hilal

Written by Patrick Echatah

Before joining Inter Miami, Lionel Messi contemplated returning to Barcelona or relocating to Saudi Arabia.

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During his recent Athlete of the Year award, the World Cup winner talked about how he almost moved to Saudi Arabia before signing with Inter Miami in an interview with TIME Magazine.

“As the country’s tourism ambassador, it was a destination that attracted me, especially because I’ve enjoyed everything I have visited, because of how football is growing in the country and because of the effort they are putting into creating a top competition,” the 36-year-old said.

Messi continued: “It was Saudi Arabia or MLS, and both options seemed very interesting to me.”

On June 8th, the Argentine made his decision to sign with Inter Miami known. On July 15, the team made his official announcement, which forever altered the face of American soccer.

Major League Soccer would never have seen the greatest player of all time if he had moved to Saudi Arabia.

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We are now seeing the development of Inter Miami, which will be a power in the league at the start of the next season.

Inter Miami CF’s head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, has declared that the Club is once again interested in bringing in former teammate Luis Suárez during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Martino stated that the team is still interested in signing the 36-year-old Uruguayan during a press conference the day before Miami’s final MLS home game, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Charlotte FC.


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