In a surprising turn of events, Lionel Messi has chosen to join Inter Miami from the Major League Soccer (MLS), on a free transfer this summer, putting an end on the dream of a potential return to Barcelona.
After spending two successful seasons at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Messi’s departure from the club was confirmed at the end of the season due to the expiry of his contract on June 30.
In this article, we will dive into the reasons behind Messi’s decision and disclose on his thoughts and aspirations for the future.
The Desire to return to Barcelona
Is true that Messi expressed his desire to move back to La Liga and rejoin the Catalan club. However, the intricate financial fair play regulations surrounding Barcelona, close the door to that possibility.
The football world was vibrating with rumors of La Liga giving the green light for Messi’s return, however, the reality was far from what was expected. Numerous obstacles were on the way, including the need for the club to sell players or reduce salaries, for Messi to make his dream comeback to Barcelona.
The surprising move to Inter Miami
Contrary to the expectations, Messi’s destination turned out to be Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club co-owned by the iconic David Beckham.
This surprising move caught the football world off guard, as many anticipated Messi’s return to Camp Nou or even speculated about a potential alliance with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia.
However, Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami demonstrates his determination for his family to be able to enjoy themselves. And they can do that in Miami.
Lionel Messi Contract and Salary
The Argentinian player, has reportedly agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract with Inter Miami, including a 12-month option for 2026.
The contract is valued between $125m-$150m (£100m-£120m), and MLS sponsors Apple and Adidas are working on revenue-based deals tied to Messi’s influence.
Additionally, there is a possibility of Messi receiving an ownership stake, similar to David Beckham’s when he joined the league.
Lionel Messi and “Tata” Martino are set to reunite again
Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who previously coached Lionel Messi at Barcelona and the Argentine national team, has been confirmed as the team’s coach.
With Messi’s upcoming arrival in Major League Soccer (MLS), it is anticipated that his contract will be signed in time for the debut match on July 21. Martino’s arrival at Inter Miami marks his return to MLS after a stint as Mexico’s manager.
Messi’s Family, and the unhappiness in Paris
Although Lionel Messi’s wife Antonela Roccuzzo reportedly wants him to return to Barcelona, he remains optimistic about his future in the MLS. Messi believes that playing in the United States, will allow him to rediscover the joy that he felt had been missing during his two years at Paris Saint Germain.
Winning the Fifa World Cup was undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, but it did not overtake the difficulties he faced on a personal level.
As football enthusiasts, with great enthusiasm, we await Messi’s journey in the United States, where his unparalleled talent will continue to passionate fans and elevate the prestige of the MLS to new heights.