Jose Mourinho may be on the lookout for a new job this summer, but that hasn’t stopped the former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss being his typically outspoken self. Very few have avoided his scorn over the years, and amazingly he has taken aim at arguably the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi.
It looks likely that Mourinho will return to the game sooner rather than later, but he has been incredibly cryptic about the destination.
Another job in England seems unlikely given the way it ended at United, and he has seemed to suggest a return to Serie A, a league he won twice with Inter between 2008-10, could be on the cards.
Having previously mocked his old rival Pep Guardiola for managing in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, Mourinho has suggested he is learning German, which has sparked rumours he could moving to another country. He is, after all, the only man to lift league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, so adding another title to his collection would certainly appeal to him.
Taking a break from his search, though, Mourinho weighed in on the debate of how the Copa America could be improved after a widely criticised tournament in Brazil earlier this summer, which was won by the hosts. He couldn’t resist a dig at Messi, who is still waiting for his first international trophy with Argentina, suggesting they should invite European teams. In that case, as he pointed out, Cristiano Ronaldo would have the chance to lift the trophy before his rival, having already won Euro 2016.
“If CONMEBOL want to increase their audience and make it competitive, they should invite European Teams, he said.
“Invite Spain, invite France, invite Portugal. If they invite Portugal, Cristiano might win a Copa America before Messi.”
While this is unlikely, Japan and Qatar were invited for this year. Whether Messi gets another chance to win the Copa America, having just turned 32 last month, remains to be seen. But the chances are certainly dwindling.