The big news in the MLS at the time of writing is that Italian stalwart striker Lorenzo Insigne is moving from the club he has spent his entire career at, Napoli, to join MLS outfit Toronto FC. The move is a surprise for many, who assumed that despite Insigne’s contract running out at Napoli, he would quickly sign an extension. However, it would seem that the lure of a 5-year contract for the 30-year-old player was just too good to turn down.
Could this be the sign of things to come and are other big name European ballers about to ditch major European leagues Serie A, Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, and Ligue 1, to try their hand at launching soccer into the big time stateside? Here we look at which other icons of the beautiful game could be following Insigne across the Atlantic sooner rather than later.
Ronaldo’s Man Utd. nightmare could be ended with a move to the MLS
Ronaldo’s triumphant return to Man Utd was supposed to be the dawning of a new age at Old Trafford, as youngsters like Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford would team up with the great man to build one of the most fearsome frontlines in world football that had betting tipsters and media pundits alike purring. Instead, they are letting down their followers who have used things like free bets and no deposit bonus codes to back them, losing 0-1 to teams like Wolves in a string of dour performances. That said, Ronaldo’s goal tally is still an impressive one, but he may decide that enough is enough, and that the time has come to cash in with one last hurrah in the US. Any of the franchises there would be desperate to have him, not only because it would instantly boost them up the MLS odds lines, but also because their jersey sales would go through the roof.
Although there has been much talk of perennial Balon D’Or rival Lionel Messi joining David Beckham’s new Inter Miami franchise, perhaps old golden balls could convince his ex-teammate to come and join him in the Florida sunshine instead.
Messi’s best days are behind him, but he could still sprinkle some magic on the MLS
Eyebrows were raised Lionel Messi chose to join PSG, because it had seemed he was virtually wiling to play for free for Barcelona if it meant he could stay in the Catalan capital. He has never really gotten out of second gear in Paris, leaving his strike partner Kylian Mbappé to grab most of the headlines this season. If Messi is unable to manufacture some sort of move back to his beloved Barcelona, then somewhere like Miami could well be on the cards instead.
Another man who is struggling having left La Liga for greener field is Sergio Ramos, whose only notable contribution so far at PSG has been getting sent off in record time in one of his few first team appearances this season. The decorated center back is struggling for fitness but could be persuaded to join an MLS club in the summer, especially if his time in Paris continues to go from bad to worse.
The self-proclaimed king of football was a major hit during his first stint in the MLS, and he would certainly be welcomed back with open arms by former club LA Galaxy, or any of their MLS rivals. He has had sporadic patches of game time this season and could be lured back to a league where he will be held in higher regard.
After helping Atletico Madrid win the La Liga crown last season, Suarez has been something of a peripheral figure at the Wanda Metropolitano this term, as age and injuries begin to take their toll. However, there is no doubt that the soon to turn 35-year-old could still pose a significant threat to any MLS defense out there.