Messi and Ronaldo could come to Mexico or MLS, claims Liga MX president

Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo 2020-21

Liga MX president Mikel Arriola has stated his desire to lure Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to his league or to Major League Soccer.

The two North American top flights have been in discussions over a merger, withArriola hopeful it could take place after the 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Arriola believes that as the two leagues continue to grow, they could sign one of the two biggest stars in football over the past decade.

Speaking to ESPN, Arriola said:“We would be oneof the best leagues in the world [if we merge with MLS].

“The next step would be to haveMessi or Cristiano Ronaldohere (Mexico) or in theUnited States, perhaps in thefinal phase of their careers.”

Messi’s future beyond this season is unclear, as the Barcelona icon enters the final months of his contract at Camp Nou.

In an interview with La Sextain December, Messisaid he was open to a future move to MLS, saying:”I always said that I have the impression that I would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, of living in that league and that life, but if it happens or not I don’t know.”

Ronaldo, whose deal with Juventus expires in 2022, has also been tipped to move to North America, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami heavily linked with a move for the Portuguese star.

The two leagues have been in talks for years over a merger, though MLS commissioner Don Garber said in December that such a move was “a long way away.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantinobacked the plan in a news conference last week saying:”I think the potential in the United States and Mexico is enormous, each country by itself.

“But of course if you could bring those two together that would be incredible and that could quite well be the best league in the world.”

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