According to several media outlets, Lionel Messi, the renowned Argentine footballer, is set to join Inter Miami, an American team co-owned by David Beckham. Previously, the Major League Soccer (MLS) side had refrained from speculating about Messi’s potential move, while a lucrative transfer to Saudi Arabia seemed like the most probable option for the 35-year-old World Cup winner.
Although Messi has not officially announced his next club, sources such as the BBC, the Independent, and Marca, among others, have indicated that Miami will be his new team after the expiration of his two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the French Ligue 1 champions.
Earlier reports, as well as a source close to the negotiations, suggested that Messi could join Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante, a World Cup-winning French midfielder, on a highly lucrative contract to play in Saudi Arabia. The source revealed that Saudi officials had contacted Messi, Benzema, Kante, and seven other potential targets.
However, if the reports on Wednesday are accurate, it appears that Florida, not Jeddah, will be Messi’s new destination. Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano has mentioned that Messi will soon provide more details and reasons for his decision to join Inter Miami.
In addition, Inter Miami recently dismissed coach Phil Neville and replaced him with Javier Morales, a compatriot of Messi.