From Manchester United to Barcelona, and from Barcelona to MLS? The Spanish club's star defender, Gerard Pique, is open to a move to MLS in the future, according to Marca.

The 29-year-old, who is also known for being pop superstar Shakira's significant other, is already thinking about his post Barca days. Marca, citing an interview with Spanish national team sponsor Pelayo, said his eyes are on the U.S., ruling out a move to big-money China in the coming years.

"Both leagues are growing, though with different models. I read that MLS is the seventh best league in attendance, after the big five and a sixth. The fans are getting more into soccer," he said. "I don't think I would go to China, but we will see with the United States. I've always said I would like to retire at Barca, but it would be an attractive option in some years, also long as I find playing soccer still appetizing."

He's right. MLS is behind the top flights of Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the Premier League, but ahead of leagues like Argentina, Portugal and the Netherlands, which is impressive. And it's big for the league for such a popular player to have taken notice.

Former Barcelona star Thierry Henry jumped from Barcelona to MLS in 2010, and NYCFC striker David Villa, who made a name for himself at Valencia before moving to Barcelona, joined MLS in 2014 after one year at Atletico Madrid and has been one of the league's best players.

We will see what Pique does in the end, but the fact that he has his eyes on MLS only speaks well for the league.

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