The Barcelona superstar is not planning to depart Camp Nou any time soon but has opened himself up to a possible move to the U.S. at some stage

Lionel Messi has invited a call from David Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise, but plans to remain at Barcelona for “a few years” yet.

Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham announced Monday that his new expansion team is finally ready to be launched.

The plan is for his franchise to make its Major League Soccer bow in 2020, with a soccer-specific stadium scheduled to be opened the following year.

Beckham has expressed a desire to bring star names to Miami, with a number of “top players” having already contacted him regarding a possible switch.

Messi could join the project at some stage, with the mercurial Argentine among those to have congratulated the team behind a Florida-based venture.

In a message posted on social media, the 30-year-old forward said: “First of all congratulations.

“I wanted to wish you all the best in this new project, this new role for you.

“Who knows, maybe in a few years you can give me a ring.”

Any deal for Messi remains some way off for now, with his current contract at Barcelona set to keep him at Camp Nou until at least 2021.

That agreement includes a £626 million release clause, with those in Catalunya eager to ensure that a prized asset does not head the same way as Neymar did in the summer of 2017 – when Paris Saint-Germain stumped up €222m to secure his signature.

Beckham, though, is likely to remain an interested observer of Messi’s situation.

He could end up forming part of a star-studded regime in Miami further down the line, with Hollywood actor Will Smith having already offered his assistance behind the scenes and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt suggesting that he could fill a striking berth on the field



The Barcelona superstar netted his 21st direct free-kick in league play on Sunday to give his side a late victory against Alaves

Lionel Messi’s late strike against Alaves on Sunday gave Barcelona the 2-1 win, and also gave the Argentine the advantage over Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga free-kick goals.

With Sunday’s game deadlocked in the 84th minute, Messi curled home a dead-ball effort to earn a victory for the league leaders at the Camp Nou.

It was Messi’s 21st career direct free-kick goal in La Liga, giving the Argentine the most of any player since Opta began collecting data in 2003-04.

Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo went into the mach deadlocked at 20, but the late winner against Alaves saw the Argentine put his nose in front.

Sunday’s match marked another milestone for the 30-year-old, who made his 200th career Liga appearance at the Camp Nou.

Messi has notched a remarkable 211 goals and 74 assists in those 200 appearances.

Barcelona’s win restored their 11-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.