Lionel Messi next club odds: Still a chance of a Nou Camp return

The current batch of Lionel Messi next club odds is interesting to say the least, given that the Inter Miami and Argentina superstar won his eighth Ballon d'Or last month. At 36 years old, he has shown that he is still capable of producing big moments in big games, scoring twice in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final and in the MLS League Cup final.

After essentially ‘completing' football by winning his first-ever World Cup and Miami's maiden piece of silverware, there are precious few signs that Messi will want to leave Miami anytime soon. But that does not mean that top clubs will not be interested in taking him on at the end of his career, such is his evergreen nature.

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Lionel Messi next club odds latest news – Suarez reunion possible

Speculation around Messi recently has been to do with who could join him at Miami, rather than him leaving. Reports have claimed that his former FC Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez has agreed to join the MLS club from Gremio at the end of the year, which would see him reunite with Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, as well as Messi himself.

Another report has claimed that the Argentine has asked Miami owner David Beckham to sign another former Barca team-mate in Ivan Rakitic, who is in the final year of his contract at Sevilla. Messi's current deal at Miami expires at the end of 2025, so he may want to reunite with some of his old team-mates before potentially moving on to a new chapter himself.

Barcelona are 3/1 in current Messi next club odds
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Current outrights for Lionel Messi next club odds

Barcelona (3/1)

A dream return to his beloved Barcelona is certainly not out of the question for Messi. Due to financial problems, both him and the club reluctantly parted ways in 2021/22, as he joined Paris Saint-Germain.

After two seasons there, Messi is now in the MLS with Inter Miami, but could always be open to a Barca return, should the financial constraints allow it.

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Inter Milan (20/1)

Inter are joint-second favourites to sign Messi, should he leave Miami. Inter vice-president and Argentine Javier Zanetti admitted that they tried to sign him when he left Barca, but could not compete with PSG's riches.

With Messi's current Argentina strike partner Lautaro Martinez spearheading the attack for them, the 36-year-old could be tempted by a move to Italy.

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Manchester City (20/1)

Alongside Inter, City are joint-second favourites to sign Messi should he leave the MLS. Of course, he is a player that Pep Guardiola knows well and admires, having coached him at Barca, and would likely not say no to a reunion.

City are also one of a few teams that have the financial capabilities to afford Messi, and given that he has never played in the Premier League before, he may want to test himself in the world's most competitive division.

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Other clubs (25/1)

There are a host of other clubs that are outsiders to sign Messi should he leave, including: Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

The majority of these teams play in the Premier League, and so would tie in with City in terms of Messi potentially wanting to test himself in the hardest league possible.
A couple of Italian sides are also in the mix alongside Inter, while Bayern are a powerhouse not just in Germany but in Europe, and Messi could be tempted to link up with attacking talents like Harry Kane, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane to try and win the UEFA Champions League and domestic title in another country.

Adam Clancy

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