Friedel believes Messi will do a lot better than Pele in the USA
With his PSG contract ending in the summer, Brad Friedel believes Lionel Messi's potential move to MLS will be more iconic than Pele playing for the New York Cosmos despite several elite European clubs already interested in signing the Argentine legend.
played for Barcelona for 21 years, meeting the target 672 times in 778 matches, before making a move to PSG last year as a free agent. MLS has long been considered as an end-of-career destination for Messi as the former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper,
, tips the Argentine to make history at MLS.
"So, we had David Beckham over here, which was one of the best signings that MLS ever made for notoriety around the world,"
he toldStats Perform
"And in today's day and age with social media, everyone's sort of a journalist with their phones these days, and how quickly media gets around the world.
"[Messi to MLS] would be unlike anything anyone's ever seen in this country, including when Pele was over here, just because of the way the media is.
"It would be incredible if Lionel Messi was playing in this league. The fans that he attracts, the global respect, how good he has been.
"If they can pull that off… I'm not generally [in favour of] the older player coming in [to MLS], but like [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Gareth] Bale were [signed] for a reason and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic was for a reason, then work out that if you can get Messi, get him over here."
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