Despite the two global superstars being in high demand, the Liga MX president hopes to bring either one of them to Mexico or the USA.
Liga MX president Mikel Arriola has expressed a desire to bring Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo over to North America.
Talks have emerged over a possible merger between the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) and Mexico’s Liga MX. In fact, Arriola hopes it can happen before the two nations co-host the 2026 World Cup along with Canada.
Signing arguably the two greatest and most famous football players in history would be next on the agenda.
“We would be one of the best leagues in the world [if we merge with MLS],” Arriola told ESPN.
“The next step would be to have Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo here (Mexico) or in the United States, perhaps in the final phase of their careers.”
“We would be one of the best leagues in the world [if we merge w/ MLS].
"The next step would be to have Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo here or in the United States." pic.twitter.com/9vzDlCo67R
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Could Messi or CR7 head to North America?
Talk of Ronaldo heading to the MLS has grown recently amid doubts over the star’s Juventus future. But while he continues to excel at the highest level, a move away from Europe is an unlikely prospect for now.
Messi, meanwhile, recently claimed he has the impression he “would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States”. But like Ronaldo, the Barcelona captain will probably remain in Europe for some time yet.
Should either one of them leave for the United States, David Beckham’s Inter Miami club is the most likely destination.