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Lionel Messi is reportedly closing in on a deal to bring his talents to South Beach (or at least South Florida). If it happens, it could make him the highest-paid MLS player ever.
The Sunday Times reported that the 35-year-old Argentinian superstar was close to a deal with Inter Miami CF. The belief is that Messi will sign the deal once his time at the World Cup comes to an end.
If the deal comes to fruition, Messi will likely finish the European season with Paris Saint-Germain. He’d come across the pond to join the club stateside in the summer of 2023.
According to The Times, Messi signing with Miami makes a lot of sense both on and off the field.
Messi has a house in Miami and likes to vacation there. He has also reportedly said that his dream has been to play in the United States.
It is understood that Messi has a home in Miami and enjoys holidays there with his family. He told Spanish media last year that playing in the United States had always been his dream— Times Sport (@TimesSport) November 27, 2022
Plus, Inter Miami has already signed Cesc Fàbregas and Luis Suárez who both played with Messi during his time at FC Barcelona.
David Beckham Is Reportedly Key To The Deal
Perhaps the biggest aspect of the entire deal, however, is that David Beckham is part of Inter Miami’s ownership group. He also has other ties to both Messi and his current club.
Beckham’s influence is said to be key to the deal – as an ambassador for the Qataris at the World Cup, he has a direct line to the PSG owners. The former England captain also has a relationship with Messi through their association with Adidas— Times Sport (@TimesSport) November 27, 2022
Such a high-profile star coming to Major League Soccer would have a huge impact on not just the league, but all of soccer. That signing would be coming just a few years before the United States, Canada, and Mexico host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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