Sergio Busquets ‘will make a decision between joining Lionel Messi at Inter Miami or teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia TODAY’ as he looks to life after Barcelona
- After 15 years at Barcelona, Sergio Busquets is looking for another club
- He is reportedly set to make a decision between MLS and Saudi Arabia today
- Lionel Messi is a close friend and has just agreed to join Inter Miami
Sergio Busquets is said to be making a decision on his future today as he ponders whether he should join Lionel Messi at Inter Miami.
Busquets received an emotional farewell from Barcelona this summer after 15 years with the Catalan club – but he is determined to keep playing.
The 34-year-old midfielder has together with his family pondered offers – which include lucrative deals from Saudi Arabia – and Mundo Deportivo report that he will announce his next move on Friday.
It is claimed that he chooses between three teams: Al Hilal, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr and Messi’s Inter Miami in MLS.
A move to Miami is sure to be even more appealing than before after Messi announced his intention to join on Wednesday, with the 36-year-old leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
Sergio Busquets (right) is expected to make a decision on his next club on Friday
There is the possibility of going to team up with Lionel Messi (left), with whom he played at Barcelona
Busquets and Messi have enjoyed a close relationship for over a decade at Barcelona, and it’s claimed the pair have an unwritten pact that they’ll play one more season together before retiring.
MD reports that Busquets is drawn to life in a city like Miami, which also seems to appeal to his wife and two children.
But it is in Saudi Arabia that Busquets is pondering the most ‘lucrative’ offers as he faces the final years of his professional career.
Speaking this week, Ronaldo believes his move to Saudi Arabia earlier this year opened “a box” for other players, like Busquets potentially, to make the switch.
Ronaldo left Manchester United before signing a £175m-a-year deal with Al-Nassr.
Since then, Saudi Pro League clubs have become more involved in the European transfer market, being repeatedly linked with moves for some of football’s biggest talents.
Karim Benzema – the reigning Ballon d’Or winner – stunned European fans by joining Al-Ittihad from Real Madrid, becoming the Saudi Pro League’s biggest coup since Ronaldo’s arrival.
Cristiano Ronaldo thinks his move to Al-Nassr in 2023 opened a box for others to follow
Busquets leaves Barcelona but is determined to continue his professional career at 34
“I knew going to Saudi Arabia would open a box and I wasn’t wrong,” admitted Ronaldo.
“I’m sure in a few years or three this league will be one of the most important leagues in the world.
“Karim is already gone and I’m 1000% sure that many other players will.”
Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia has seemingly been the turning point in the division’s recruitment drive, with few elite-level players making the switch, with Busquets potentially next.