Transfer: Messi Chooses Inter Miami Over Barcelona

Jun 08, 2023
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Lionel Messi has made a shock decision not to play in Saudi Arabia after his Paris Saint-Germain contract ends, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. It had been thought that the Argentine World Cup winner would be joining former rival Cristiano Ronaldo and also Karim Benzema in moving to the ever-growing Saudi league. A reported deal of $1.2bn across his contract in the Middle East was said to be on offer. It would be the first time football fans would not see both Messi and Ronaldo in a Champions league. He now appears to have rejected that and will instead revert to the first option available to him. It was revealed late in 2022 that new MLS side Inter Miami - partially owned by England and Manchester United legend David Beckham - were one of the top destinations for Messi. A move to America at the end of his two-year deal in Paris seemed to be wrapped up before the prospect of a miraculous return to Barcelona was also raised. With financial issues and registration difficulties, a fairytale story now isn't possible and it is back to square one. At 35, Messi has now completed European football and world success having helped to crown Argentina in Qatar last year. It is said that a mixture of lifestyle and potential brand opportunities lead his decision to deny Saudi Arabia their biggest star yet.

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