It has been a heartbreak for Barcelona fans as their favorite star and legend Lionel Messi has decided to join Major League Soccer side Inter Miami in a free transfer, after having a tumultuous exit from French champions PSG. Sources have confirmed the authenticity of the news as it has come to light that Messi will snub a lucrative deal from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
Lionel Messi to play for Inter Miami in the next season
Lionel Messi has been one of the stalwarts of the game as he has etched his name in the history books, over the years. His stellar career at his favorite club FC Barcelona will always be remembered throughout the history of the club. Since joining the academy at the age of 13, he has been one of the top performers and went on to break several records subsequently in his reign. Along with his generational rival Cristiano Ronaldo he used to light up the world with his footwork, impeccable dribbling skills and the finesse with which he used to do them will simply remain unmatched. He was slated to stay in the club forever and was expected to retire at his “home”, leaving behind a legacy.
But things took an unexpected and emotional turn in 2021 when he announced that he will be leaving Barcelona owing to some of the financial hindrances that the Catalan club was facing then. Every culers were brought to tears as they were about to bid adieu to their favorite boy. Messi then took the flight to Paris and played for two more seasons, achieving his “French dream”.
Ending of the “French dream”
Messi was having a consistent performance in his PSG days. But, things turned sour between the two sides when he was banned from all football activities of PSG as a harsh consequence for having an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, which led to him declining any contract renewal offer from the French side.
As soon as this news was announced, top clubs around the world like FC Barcelona, Inter Miami and Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal started to make swift movements in order to bring the legend to their club. According to daily topsy-turvy transfer market saga, it stands that Messi is headed to flourish the United States with his skills, as recent reports have confirmed this news.
The US club Inter Miami is owned by England star David Beckham and he was inclined in bringing the legend to his club since many days. Also, Messi had stated his desire about playing in the States two years back, in order to experience the league there.
FC Barcelona could not produce and present a viable offer to Messi because of the shackles of La Liga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP).
According to multiple reports, Messi wanted to maximize his deal with Adidas and improve the camaraderie of MLS with Apple TV+, which is slated to draw millions of viewers owing to his popularity and fame, and will also have an increase in football viewers across the States.