Inter Miami co-owner “optimistic” over “the possibility” of signing Lionel Messi

As reported by the Miami Herald via Foot Mercato, David Beckham’s Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, sitting alongside Beckham at a press conference, has described his optimism over “the possibility” of signing PSG forward Lionel Messi (34) when he leaves Paris. Mas said:

“Messi is still one of the best players in the world, his skills have not diminished. I think, and David has a relationship with him, if he does leave PSG, at the time he leaves, we’d love to see Lionel Messi be a player at Inter Miami and be part of our community. Can it happen? Look, we’ll push. I’m an optimist at heart. Could I see that happening? It’s a possibility.”

Beckham, meanwhile, was a little more conservative in his appraisal:

“I’ve always said I want the best players at our club and playing in our shirt because there’s a certain expectation. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bad thing. But most of the time it’s a good thing. When I first started this project, people were saying `This guy is coming, that guy is coming, Ronaldo is coming, Messi’s coming.’ At the end of the day, we need to win, whether it’s with the young kids or stars. Our fans will be happy if we have stars on the team, but they’ll be even happier if they’re seeing young players coming through our academy and lifting the MLS Cup.”

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