It is reported that Lionel Messi will receive a 35% stake in Inter Miami and join the MLS Franchise when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in 2023.
The Argentine midfielder parted ways with Barcelona last summer after Blaugrana failed to renew his contract due to their well-documented financial problems.
He has joined PSG on a two-year contract and his next place is expected to be MLS, as DirectcTV journalist Alex Candal has said Messi will sign for Inter Miami in 2023.
According to Candal, the 34-year-old is currently working to buy 35 percent of the MLS team’s shares.
“Leo Messi is still one of the best players in the world, his skills are not limited,” Inter Miami owner and general manager Jorge Mas told the Miami Herald in February.
“I believe, and David (Beckham) has a relationship with him, that if he leaves PSG when he leaves PSG we would like to have Messi as a player in Inter Miami and be part of our community.
“Is it possible? We’ll push. I’m a hopeful person in the heart – can I see it happening? It’s a possibility.”
Earlier, Messi confirmed in an interview with La Jordi Evole of La Sexta that he intended to move to the US in the future.
“I have always dreamed of being able to enjoy and experience living in the United States, hearing what the existing league is like, but for now,” Messi said in 2020.
Last year or so there were also a number of former Messi players linked with Inter Miami, including Luis Suarez, who will be a free agent this summer, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Currently, the biggest signing of Inter Miami has been made by Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, but both of their contracts expire on December 31, 2022.