Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona at the end of this season for free because of a clause in his contract. The clause in the Argentine’s contract gives him the opportunity to leave the Catalan club for nothing at the end of every season should he desire.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi could swap Spain for the United States. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is considering making a shock move to Major League Soccer in the future.
Messi is also taking into account the possibility of returning to his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.
The 32-year-old striker is currently contracted with the Blaugrana until 2021, but next summer he could, according to Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu: “Leave Barca, quit football or play where he wants to.”
In an effort to dissuade Messi from leaving, the La Liga champions are trying to convince him to sign a lifetime contract at the club before his current deal expires.
However, MLS has been a favourite destination for players heading to the end of their career since David Beckham's famous switch to LA Galaxy in 2007.
Other top stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, David Villa and Steven Gerrard have also moved to MLS.