Lionel Messi ended speculation about his future by announcing on June 8 that he plans on opening the next chapter of his career in Major League Soccer with Inter Miami.

Though many believed a reunion with Barcelona was on the cards, the 35-year-old told the Argentine media he was ready for a new challenge.

That challenge ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner is to guide Miami, which currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Luckily, though, Messi will have some reinforcements coming his way.

When a player of his status goes to a new team, it's only natural to see a ripple effect of other players wanting to share the pitch with him. After his announcement, several reports linked former club and current international teammates of the Rosario, Argentina native to South Florida.

Here are five players who could follow Messi to Miami, ranked from most to least likely.


Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets has been linked to MLS for some time.

Since expressing a reported interest in playing in the United States in 2021, the former Spain international has been linked with the Fort Lauderdale-based club.

Now, it seems Miami will finally be able to obtain his services, with Busquets reportedly agreeing to a deal.

If the 34-year-old does take his talents to South Florida, it would be a much-needed boost for Miami's struggling midfield.

Since losing key midfielders Jean Mota and Gregore to long-term injuries, the Herons have struggled, winning just five of their 17 games played.