At the end of the contract at PSG and announced at Barça, Lionel Messi has obviously given his agreement to Inter Miami to continue his career in the United States, soon to be 36 years old.
« Lionel wants to come back to Barca and I would love that “, had however claimed Jorge Messi, the father of the player, Monday. On Wednesday, many well-informed journalists announced the choice of Leo Messi to engage with Inter Miami. Free of any contract as of June 30 PSG (and an OK time to extend for a season), the Ballon d’Or record holder was waiting for a sign from the FC Barcelona. The Catalan club, in a catastrophic economic situation, was unable to formulate a concrete offer.
At almost 36 years old, Messi thus refused the golden bridge offered by Saudi Arabia, at one billion euros for two years (in order to evolve in Al-Hilal). And for good reason, “La Pulga” has been planning for several years an end to his career in the United States and his wife Antonela did not see herself settling in the Arabian Peninsula with the children. Additionally, David Beckham’s Florida franchise is in contact with the player since last year.
A deal including adidas and Apple
Guillem Balague, biographer of the Argentinian, writes on the BBC website that an agreement has been reached and that this deal with Inter Miami includes collaborations with adidas and Apple, allowing Messi to collect important additional fees of his salary. This team led by Argentinian Javier Morales, with Corentin Jean in the offensive sector, has had a disastrous season (last in the Eastern Conference at the halfway point).
The captain of the 2022 world champions emerged at 30 million euros per year at PSG. He will pocket less money across the Atlantic, but will be able to quietly prepare for the 2024 Copa América, organized in the United States, and possibly the 2026 World Cup in North America. He will then be 39 years old.