PSG's Lionel Messi in a French soccer league match, June 3, 2023, Paris.
Madrid – After leaving Paris St. Germain to play for Inter Miami, reports the BBC or the Spanish newspaper Marca.
The seven-time best soccer player in the world decided to work in the overseas MLS league instead of returning to Barcelona or the lucrative offer from the Saudi Arabian al-Hilal, which reportedly offered him a contract worth 400 million dollars (8.5 billion crowns) per year.
The 35-year-old gunner was finally lured by Inter Miami, whose co-owner is former English football star David Beckham.
According to the BBC, Messi's contract in Florida will also include sponsorship cooperation with companies such as Adidas and Apple. In Miami, the Argentine player already has a house that he has been renting out.
Messi's father and agent Jorge met with Barcelona president Joan Laporta this week and told reporters that his son is eager to return to the Camp Nou, where he spent entire professional career until the transfer to PSG the year before last. However, according to the BBC, this possibility fell through due to the restrictions imposed on the Catalan club by financial fair play.
Messi played for Barcelona for 17 seasons and is its top scorer. He won 35 trophies with the club, led by four Champions League triumphs.
He will not imitate Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema, who after successful years in Europe nodded to generous offers from Saudi Arabia.