“Lionel Messi Set to Join Inter Miami in Major League Soccer Move, Rejecting Saudi Arabia Contract”
According to the BBC, Lionel Messi will reject a lucrative contract offer from Saudi Arabia and make a move to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami as a free agent after his departure from French champions Paris St Germain. Although there were speculations about a potential return to Barcelona, LaLiga’s financial fair play regulations prevented the Spanish club from pursuing the deal.
If the agreement with Miami is finalized, the 35-year-old Argentinean will be playing outside of Europe for the first time since he joined Barcelona’s academy at the age of 13. Messi holds the record for the most goals scored by any player in Barcelona’s history, with an impressive tally of 672 goals.
In his two seasons with PSG, Messi claimed the Ligue 1 title as well as the French Super Cup in 2022. He recently led Argentina to victory in the World Cup held in Qatar last December and has been honored with a record seven Ballon d’Or awards throughout his career.
Reports also linked Messi to a potential move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal after they made a formal offer. Saudi Arabia has been actively seeking to attract top-tier players to its league and has successfully secured the signings of notable figures such as Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al Nassr shortly after the World Cup, and French striker Karim Benzema, who recently joined Al Ittihad.
Inter Miami, co-owned by former England captain David Beckham, has emerged as the destination for Lionel Messi. Beckham himself was among the first high-profile European players to transition to Major League Soccer, achieving success by winning the MLS Cup twice with Los Angeles Galaxy.