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Messi to Inter Miami: Did Leo Make a Bad Decision?

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By Dewey Olson - - 5 Mins Read
Lionel Messi playing for Argentina
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Inter Miami has scored a win over Barcelona and Saudi League clubs in obtaining Messi's signature. In recent news released by The Athletic, an arrangement seeing Messi moving to MLS would include Apple TV+, Adidas, and a potential possession stake in Inter Miami.


Recent reports from Argentina suggest that Messi may earn as much as $100 million per season playing in Miami. This would make him the highest-paid player in MLS history, surpassing the deal that brought Beckham to the United States in 2007.


As previously mentioned, MLSise offered Messi a rate in the club's franchise, like the David Beckham bargain, which in the long run, transformed into Inter Miami CF. Such an arrangement would be extraordinarily rewarding as MLS rates have fundamentally expanded throughout recent years.


As indicated by Forbes, three MLS clubs are presently among the 20 most important soccer clubs, with LAFC positioning seventeenth with a $1 billion assessment. The new MLS group in San Diego, which will enter the association in 2025, has paid a $500m development expense.


At the end of the day, the MLS group could be worth several million dollars with the addition of Messi. A likely stake in the club's franchise was likewise a significant piece of the major deal that saw David Beckham come to America in 2007. Beckham got a choice to buy an MLS permit for just $25m. Even though Beckham is just a section proprietor, the arrangement was as yet critical as Inter Miami CF is currently estimated at $584m and could see a huge expansion in assessment once the stadium bargain in Miami goes through.


Talking on the reports that he could get back to Barcelona, the seven-time Ballon d'Or victor said, "I truly was interested in a return to Barcelona. I was exceptionally eager to have the option to return, however in the wake of having encountered what I encountered and the leave I had, I would rather not experience the same thing once more".


To further clarify his move, he mentioned in an interview with Mundo Deportivo: "I'm not going back to Barça, I'm going to Inter Miami." 


The 35-year-old football legend was emotionally impacted by the departure from the La Liga club side Barcelona. It appears that the club was unable to pay his wages due to a financial crisis, even though they were ranked seventh in La Liga. This suggests that Barca was still struggling to achieve financial stability.


Lionel Messi playing for the French side PSG
Messi in PSG (Shutterstock)


Because of the news, Barcelona has put out an announcement in which the club President wished Messi well at his new club.


The potential impact on the club Inter Miami and MLS's global reputation for pulling in a player like Messi is immense. The addition of the game's greatest player, fresh off a fantastic World Cup victory where he was awarded Player of the Tournament, may not necessarily translate to success for Inter Miami on the field but would go a long way to boost the perception of MLS football.


By next summer, Messi would be inching towards retirement as he would be 36 and would be joining MLS mid-season, in the wake of the entire tiring World Cup win, and a full mission with Qatar's PSG, who may now put forth an attempt to hold the player, to enjoy the World Cup brilliance.


A statement from Major League Soccer said: "We are extremely glad that Lionel Messi has mentioned that he wishes to join Inter Miami and Major League Soccer this summer."


"Although some processes still require a finalized agreement, we entirely look forward to having one of the best soccer players of all time in our League." 


Messi will join Inter Miami, who currently is at the extreme bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference League, and a lot of people are anticipating that Messi can boost things at the Florida football club this season after the news got released that they had sacked their manager Phil Neville last week.


The Argentine's arrival has also sparked much ecstasy among Inter Miami fans, with ticket rates for their game in August against New York Red Bulls skyrocketing by 1,400 percent, now costing over £240 ($290) per ticket