Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is hoping to reunite with ex-teammate and buddy Lionel Messi in the MLS, amid reports that the Uruguayan has joined Inter Miami.
They had a fantastic collaboration at the Camp Nou, winning four La Liga titles and one Champions League victory in six years. Suarez was sold to Atletico Madrid in 2020 and is currently looking for a new team, having been connected with David Beckham’s MLS outfit.
There, he expects to rejoin with Messi, who moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer but has struggled to recreate his greatest form, scoring just 11 goals in all competitions.
Suarez told Spanish radio station El Larguero (via The Daily Mail):
“With Messi in Miami in a few years? Hopefully… you never know what happens. We’ve a great connection. There is nothing better than seeing two colleagues happy outside so that they perform inside.”
Messi scored six goals in 26 games in Ligue 1, his lowest total in a top-flight season in 16 years.
There have been rumours that he may quit the Parc des Princes, but he still has a year left on his contract and PSG is keen to keep him as part of their vision.
Meanwhile, Suarez was informed by Atletico Madrid a day before their final La Liga game of the 2021-22 season that he will be released.
The 34-year-old, who helped them win La Liga last season with 21 goals after signing from Barcelona, wanted to stay for the 2022-23 season as well.
However, his contract expires next season, and after a dramatic drop in form this season, the capital club chose not to renew it. Despite rumours of a move to Inter Miami, El Pistolero prefers to stay in Europe for the time being. He stated:
“No, it’s not in my head yet. I have my head in Europe. Spain? Obviously one left a great legacy here, I’m very proud of the career I’ve had here. I have received some proposals from here, but I am still analysing them. I want to see the project of being able to compete at a high level.”
Although it appears to be a long shot at the moment, if Suarez and Messi do join the MLS, they will be the league’s biggest signings to date. In recent years, a few players have left the limelight of European football for the relative obscurity of the American top division.
Suarez and Messi, the former Barcelona duo, playing in the MLS would be a dream come true for MLS supporters. Joining the same team would be the cherry on top. Stranger things have happened in the game, so such a possibility may appear unlikely currently.