Lionel Messi is about to make an incredible transfer to David Beckham’s Inter Miami ahead of next season.
The MLS team is confident that the legendary Argentine player would formally switch from Paris-Saint-Germain on a free transfer to become the highest-paid player in US sports history.
Messi, 35, would accept a pay reduction at the Florida franchise, which is co-owned by David Beckham. Messi is presently thought to be making roughly £1.2 million per week.
Messi owns a property in Miami and is rumored to visit frequently on vacation. Former Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas are reportedly being considered by the club as players who will fit the forward’s style of play.
Phil Neville, a former teammate of Beckham at Manchester United who recently extended his contract, is the manager of Inter Miami.
The team received approval in September to begin building an £820 million stadium complex that will contain a 25,000-seat stadium, a 750-room hotel, playing fields, and an underground parking garage.
The Times reported that Beckham’s connections to Qatar are thought to be a key component of the Messi deal.
Beckham, who is serving as an ambassador for the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has a close relationship with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG’s president, as well as Qatar Sports Investment, the company that owns PSG.
Furthermore, Messi and the former England captain’s friendship has developed as a result of their long-standing partnership with Adidas.
Messi left Barcelona in tears in 2021, joining PSG on a free transfer, and has since amassed 23 goals and 29 assists in 53 matches for the French powerhouses.
Despite adding a Ligue 1 championship to his incredible collection of medals, Messi is yet to lead Argentina to World Cup success. He is attempting to do it in Qatar before transfer negotiations begin in January.
The forward gave Argentina its first victory of the tournament against Mexico on Saturday, following their heartbreaking 3-0 loss to Saudi Arabia earlier in the week.
Messi led Argentina to victory over Mexico after overcoming a sluggish start, and head coach Lionel Scaloni acknowledged that Messi was a bright spot during a “terrible game.”
‘Even the Mexican fans enjoy watching him play, even when he scores a goal against them – we all enjoy it,’ he said after the match.
‘It was a terribly difficult game, against a great rival, and even more so because of how we came into the match.’
‘I’m proud of my team. The game changed, not only because we have Leo, but because we have great players throughout the team.’
Leo Messi, also known as Lionel Andrés Messi, is an Argentine professional football player who plays forward for Ligue 1 team Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. He was born on June 24, 1987.
Messi, who is recognized as one of the all-time best players, has a record seven Ballon d’Or victories, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020, he was selected for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team.
He spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, retiring from the team in 2021 after winning a club-record 35 trophies there, including 10 La Liga championships, seven Copa del Rey championships, and four UEFA Champions Leagues.
The most goals in La Liga (474), the most goals in a La Liga and European league season (50), the most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and the most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga season (21) and the Copa América belong to prolific goal scorer and talented playmaker Messi (17).
Inter Miami CF
American professional soccer club Club Internacional de Futebol Miami, also known as Inter Miami CF or just Inter Miami, is situated in the Miami metropolitan area.
The team, which was founded in 2018, started competing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the 2020 campaign.
DRV PNK Stadium, the location of the former Lockhart Stadium in nearby Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is where the team currently holds its home MLS games.