England icon David Beckham is said to be planning to sign as many as four current and former FC Barcelona legends for Inter Miami, with Lionel Messi being the pick of the lot.
Perhaps unfairly, the United States' top flight has often been seen as a retirement home for some of the world's best players, with it being considered a viable destination for stars who are in the twilight of their careers.
For some, Major League Soccer is often the last chance for a big name to bag a sizeable pay cheque, and with USA Today revealing that Javier Hernandez and Gonzalo Higuain have annual guaranteed compensation of $6 million (R87.3 million) and $5.7 million (R83 million), respectively, one can argue very little with the claim.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the four Barca legends Beckham is reportedly planning to sign for Inter Miami!
Inter Miami co-owner Beckham, who also took a similar route during his playing days, is now said to be planning on swooping up four of Barca's iconic players for the 2023/24 season.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, the former Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star has his eyes set on Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba.
Uruguay striker Suarez will be out of contract in June this year, and as things stand, his future remains unclear as there have been no reports of an agreement reached with any club, including his current team Atletico Madrid.
Messi and Busquets will both be out of contract in June 2023 at Paris Saint-Germain and the Blaugrana, respectively, and will both be over the age of 34 then too, while Alba's deal at the Camp Nou runs out the following year.
Although it is understood that Messi is not happy with the way his stay in France has gone so far, he reportedly wants to honour his current deal with Paris Saint-Germain, and could look to leave the club ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
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