Sergio Busquets ‘will make decision between joining Lionel Messi at Inter Miami or teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia TODAY’ as he looks toward life after Barcelona
- After 15 years at Barcelona, Sergio Busquets is on the hunt for another club
- He is reportedly going to make a decision between MLS and Saudi Arabia today
- Lionel Messi is a close friend and has just agreed to go and join Inter Miami
Sergio Busquets will reportedly make a decision on his future today as he weighs up whether to 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 continue playing.
The 34-year-old midfielder has, along with his family, been mulling over offers – which include lucrative contracts from Saudi Arabia – and Mundo Deportivo report that he will announce his next move on Friday.
It is claimed that he is choosing between three teams: Al Hilal, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr and Messi’s Inter Miami in MLS.
A switch to Miami will certainly hold even more appeal than it did 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 option to go and team up with Lionel Messi (left), who he played with at Barcelona
Busquets and Messi have a close relationship from more than a decade at Barcelona, and it is claimed that the pair have an unwritten pact that they will play one more season together before they retire.
MD report that Busquets is attracted to living in a city like Miami, something that also is said to hold appeal to his wife and two children.
But it is in Saudi Arabia where Busquets is mulling over the more ‘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 has opened ‘a box’ for other players, like Busquets potentially, to make the switch.
Ronaldo left Manchester United before signing a mega-money £175million-a-year deal at Al-Nassr.
Since then, Saudi Pro League clubs have become more involved in the European transfer market, repeatedly being 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 biggest coup for the Saudi Pro League since Ronaldo’s arrival.
Cristiano Ronaldo believes his move to Al-Nassr in 2023 opened a box for others to follow
Busquets is leaving Barcelona but is determined to continue his professional career aged 34
‘I knew that me going to Saudi Arabia would open a box and I wasn’t wrong,’ admitted Ronaldo.
‘I’m sure in a couple of years or three, this league is going to be one of the most important leagues in the world.
‘Karim left already and I am 1,000 per cent sure that many more players will.’
Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia seemingly has been the turning point in the division’s recruitment drive, with few elite level players having made the switch, with Busquets potentially next.