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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, August 6

Messi’s future

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Hi, everyone!

The Conference League seems like it could be a lot of fun!

Ramble of the Day

It’s time to speculate about Lionel Messi’s future club, and there are a lot of very normal answers to the question — maybe Paris Saint-Germain, and definitely not the Philadelphia Union even if they keep tweeting about it. There are also some silly answers, but definitely shared with too much seriousness.

A couple of months ago in a now paywalled interview with the Miami Herald, Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas spoke about Messi. I do not question the desire to have a player like Messi on one’s team, and at this time I won’t question whether or not it is particularly realistic. Allow me to share the quote before I get to my real question.

My question is definitely an obvious one: Why would playing for Inter Miami complete Messi’s legacy?

I don’t doubt Inter Miami wouldn’t have fun having Messi around. I could accept an argument that Messi might have enjoy his time there. Attaching that significance to Miami, and truly to most clubs, seems like a true stretch. It’s also not that big a deal if Miami, or any club, is or isn’t essential to a particular player’s legacy. Legacies are difficult to control; sometimes you’ll be an important part of it and sometimes you won’t.

Just say it might be cool, or even unprecedented.

tl;dr: Where will Lionel Messi end up? Probably not Inter Miami, but the team’s owner doesn’t mind talking about it.

Stay informed, read this: England’s Tyrone Mings on his mental health struggle during the Euros

Links of the Day

Juventus deleted a racist tweet posted on the women’s team’s Twitter account.

Barcelona says Lionel Messi is leaving the club, citing “financial and structural obstacles.”

Manchester City signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

A longer read: Louise Taylor profiles Canada manager Bev Priestman on her philosophy, influences, and journey to the Olympic women’s football gold medal match for the Guardian