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Papers: Messi wants to play in the Cup final

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Tomorrow, Barcelona will get the chance to challenge for their first title of the 2020/21 season. Ironically, it may also be the last one if things don’t change for the better and soon. Be that as it may, this is a very positive moment in Ronald Koeman’s tenure and potentially a huge morale boost for the squad.

The papers, however, have lots to talk about. Mundo Deportivo are reporting on the new election date, saying the original day was moved to 7 March due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the current circumstances don’t allow for the race to be decided on 24 January, as was initially scheduled, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the whole matter to be resolved.

Either way, there are three final candidates and Joan Laporta seems like the clear favourite heading into the decisive months.

SPORT are dealing with the Cup final on Sunday, saying that Lionel Messi is eager to participate.

It doesn’t need much reminding that the Argentine couldn’t play against Real Sociedad due to a minor injury he had sustained against Granada previously. However, he really wants to be there tomorrow but even though he’s feeling much better, the decision will be made just prior to the game.

Koeman will call him up, as SPORT suggest, but as of right now, we still have no idea whether he’ll sit in the stands or actually play in the match.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

Aaryan Parasnis

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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