Lionel Messi’s family has flatly dismissed reports that he will buy a 35 percent part in Inter Miami FC, which is now co-owned by David Beckham, and join the squad next season.
This week, such rumors surfaced on the Spanish-language show Futbol Total DirecTV.
“It is entirely incorrect,” Messi’s reps told Le Parisien when they contacted Messi’s representatives.
However, according to the French daily, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is uncertain at this time because no decision has been taken.
The published comment was, “Leo has not yet decided on his future.”
Messi is under contract with PSG until 2023, and it was reported in April that he had elected to stay for the second year of the contract he signed when he arrived in Paris last summer.
However, only a few days later, he and others were jeered and heckled by disgruntled supporters who were dissatisfied with the club’s inability to advance in the Champions League.
Messi has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer at some point in his career, even if it isn’t Inter Miami in 2023. The Florida club, in particular, is aiming high in the transfer market, with David Beckham including Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his 2021 vision.
Messi’s former international colleague and current Inter Miami midfielder Gonzalo Higuain suggested earlier this year that the 34-year-old superstar would be ‘happy’ in Major League Soccer.
Matias Almeyda, a fellow Argentine and former head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, told 90min in 2020 that Messi would be an excellent fit for MLS since he could have an off-field anonymity that hasn’t been feasible in Europe for over 20 years.
“The United States of America is a large country,” Almeyda stated at the time. “I believe it has 350 million people.” The stars can go down the street in peace.
He will be able to walk, ride a bicycle, and go to the supermarket for [Messi], his children, and his wife. He’ll be free of the celebrity that makes you a slave, you know? That is why I believe [the United States] would be a fantastic fit for him.”
Even Messi has expressed interest in going to America before his retirement.
In a famous La Sexta interview, he said, “I always had the idea that I would like to savor the experience of living in the United States, of living in that league and that life.”
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