On Wednesday, numerous news agencies reported rumors that the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will be joining the American soccer team Inter Miami, which is co-owned by David Beckham.
The Major League Soccer club had declined to speculate regarding a possible deal for the World Cup winner over the previous week, with a mega-buck switch to Saudi Arabia appearing to be the most likely destination for the 35-year-old player.
Following the expiration of his two-year contract this month with French Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain, the BBC, the Independent, and Marca, amongst other publications, have mentioned Miami as Messi’s new club. These publications do not cite any sources for their claims.
He has not disclosed which club side he will play for next, but previous reports and a source close to the discussions said that he may join Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante, the French midfielder who won the World Cup, on a lucrative contract to play in Saudi Arabia. However, he has not yet made an announcement regarding this.
According to a source close to the negotiations, Messi, along with Benzema and Kante, was on a list of 10 targets who have been contacted by Saudi authorities this week. This information was provided to AFP this week.
However, if the reports from Wednesday turn out to be correct, Messi will be moving to Florida and not Jeddah in the near future.
Last Monday, Inter Miami fired head coach Phil Neville and hired Javier Morales, a compatriot of Lionel Messi’s from Argentina, to take Neville’s place.
In addition to Morales, goalkeeping coach Sebastian Saja played four times for the national team and eight years with Argentine club San Lorenzo. This has contributed to the development of a decidedly Argentine atmosphere within the Miami club, which has a significant following among South American citizens.
Federico Higuain, the brother of Gonzalo Higuain, a former forward for Argentina and Real Madrid, currently serves as the head coach of Inter’s reserve team. Compatriot Cristian Raul Ledesma serves as his assistant coach.
Apple TV+ made the announcement on Tuesday that it will be airing a four-part documentary series about Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or seven times.