Gerard Pique is as intrigued as anyone about Lionel Messi’s next big decision as he nears the end of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
Lionel Messi could throw in the towel on his career in Europe and play out his days in MLS – but it would be a people-pleasing move if he returns to Barcelona next season.
That’s the verdict of Gerard Pique, Messi’s long-time former Barcelona team-mate, who is as interested in the Argentine giant’s next move as anyone.
Messi is nearing the end of his two-year deal at Paris Saint-Germain, having joined the French club when Barca were mired in a financial crisis and unable to keep him.
He will turn 36 in June and his performances at the World Cup in Argentina, along with a string of fine club performances, suggested he could continue at a high level.
MLS club Inter Miami have also been big admirers of Messi and appear to be ready with an offer to take him to the United States.
“Only Leo knows his future,” Pique told Spanish broadcaster RAC 1. “He won the World Cup, which was his big dream and the title he was left to win. He won it and now no one can doubt that he is.” the best in history.
“He will decide where he can find happiness and if he wants to continue competing at the highest level.”
Defender Pique retired in November after starting his first-team career at Barca in 2008 and becoming a mainstay of the team.
Messi was often the match winner and helped the likes of Pique become serial trophy collectors.
“If he continues to be motivated, the most normal thing is for him to stay in Europe, and this is where Barca can enter into his plans,” Pique said.
“If he puts his hands up and says he’s had enough, maybe he’ll go to MLS. If he comes back [to Barcelona], it would be an incredible thing for all the fans.”