After a drawn-out vacation saga with Paris Saint-Germain, it was only a matter of time before Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest football player of the past 20 years, departed France. Many thought that a reunion with FC Barcelona, the club he called home from 2003 to 2021, was a mere inevitability. However, in the past year or so, Saudi Arabia is making a considerable investment in its football league, bringing in one megastar after another. That loomed as another option for Messi as well.

In the end, however, the 35-year old Argentinian footballer chose to take his talents to the United States of America, playing in the MLS. But he did not take his talents to one of the best sides in the league; instead, he chose to play for Inter Miami, the club that finished with the worst points total in the Eastern Conference this past season.

Fan sentiment regarding Lionel Messi's decision is split; some think that Messi is still far too talented to be plying his trade in the US. Undue or not, the MLS has a reputation for being a retirement home for has-beens. Thus, to see Messi willingly play in this league will be such a sight to behold.

Meanwhile, some fans see this seismic Lionel Messi move as a transformative one for the MLS, especially knowing the league's reputation.

However, some diehard Barca fans who had their hopes raised regarding a potential Messi comeback were crestfallen upon hearing the news of the Argentinian's reported move to Inter Miami.

Meanwhile, some fans grew flummoxed that Lionel Messi would choose to spurn the opportunity to make a boatload of cash by cashing in on the Saudi craze — especially when it would deprive the world of the opportunity to watch the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo matchup on a more regular basis once again.

At the end of the day, Lionel Messi no longer has anything to prove in his storied career. Messi has achieved everything there is to achieve, having won the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Thus, if he wants to spend the last few years of his career basking underneath the Miami sun, no one should fault him for doing so.