Report: Lionel Messi to sign with Inter Miami, become highest-paid MLS player ever
Lionel Messi will sign a $1.25m-a-year contract to play with Inter Miami CF, the Miami Herald reports.
The 18-year-old Argentine had been set to play for FC Barcelona before leaving for Spain earlier this month.
According to reports from South Florida, the deal is for a five-year contract and includes the possibility of a one-time buyout in 2019. He will reportedly be paid in accordance with a system in which the salary is divided by the number of appearances he makes.
If Inter Miami reaches the MLS playoffs, he would make US$250,000. If they fail in the playoffs, he would be paid $250,000 in the playoff round.
This is not the first time that Messi has tried to join an American club. Earlier this year he had asked the New York Red Bulls for a tryout. He wasn’t offered one.
The New York Red Bulls have declined to sign former Barcelona and Argentina international Messi, who has been seeking a move across the pond.
The report states that the forward who scored the winner in the Champions League final earlier this year had asked the New York Red Bulls for an interview. The Red Bulls have always refused to talk to Messi, who made 222 appearances in total for Barcelona and Argentina.
Lionel Messi has been on the move for a while now, with a host of suitors circling his signature. His move to Inter Miami CF could be one of the deals.
It’s being said that Inter Miami has the richest player in the MLS in their roster, but there’s a possibility his money could get him the best out of them.
The Inter Miami CF soccer club has signed a deal with Argentine forward Lionel Messi to play in Miami, FL. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed