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Lionel Messi: Apple TV, MLS shares… The details of his contract at Inter Miami

Lionel Messi did not respond to the sirens of Saudi Arabia. After Ronaldo, who was waiting for him, and the arrival of Benzema, the Gulf country dreamed of acquiring the multiple Ballon d’Or. Finally, the Pulga decided to take the path of the United States and Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham, and also leave FC Barcelona aside. Last of the MLS, the club is still under construction and does not yet have a stadium in its name, but the ambition remains great around this sporting city.

To be able to acquire Lionel Messi (the Pulga will sign a three-year contract with Inter Miami, with the possibility of leaving after two seasons in the event of a consensus between the two parties. This should take him to 2025 or 2026 ) the entire MLS mobilized and put their hands in their pockets as explained by The Athletic.

A salary above the ceiling set in the United States

The Argentine’s contract also includes some juicy benefits. The world champion will obviously have a protected status, that of “designated player” authorized for three players per squad. This rule allows franchises to set the salary they want, without risking exceeding the “salary cap”, a ceiling which limits emoluments in the American championship. Messi should thus receive between 50 and 60 million euros per season according to the sources. A salary quite far from the jackpot he would have received in Saudi Arabia, but higher than the 35 to 40 million euros annually paid by PSG.

To help fund this huge salary, Inter Miami has partnered with Adidas and Apple, with whom the club has signed two agreements. In detail, the MLS and Apple will pay additional income to the Argentine based on the income generated by the TV rights of the championship, broadcast on Apple TV +. But that’s not all. Messi could outright take shares of his new team and become one of its shareholders.

Biography of Lionel Messi

A brilliant career at Barça

Argentinian by birth, Lionel Messi touched his first balls at Grandioli FC, the club where his father trained. Between 1994 and 2000, it was with the formation of Newell’s Old Boys that he continued his training as a footballer, managing to be spotted in Europe. It was FC Barcelona who set their sights on the then 13-year-old player.

Year after year, Lionel Messi asserts himself within the Catalan club: Barça junior, Barça C, Barça B… then the great Barça, with whom he started on October 16, 2004, during a derby against Espanyol de Barcelona. A real fairy tale then begins: 17 seasons with the Blaugranas, 778 games, 672 goals, records and titles galore… Messi becomes the idol of Camp Nou and the world of football, obsessed with his rivalry with a another big name of the moment: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ten Spanish championships with Barça, four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups or seven King’s Cups, the Spanish Cup… the story is idyllic and allowed him to win, during those years, six golden balls, including four consecutively. If he seemed forever linked to Barça, Messi finally had to change his shirt. In the summer of 2021, Barcelona can no longer afford the salary of the Pulga. Exit the red and blue of the Catalan club, hello red and blue… of Paris Saint-Germain.

A final challenge with PSG

Lionel Messi joins PSG on Tuesday August 10, 2021. This is a huge blow for the Parisian club which is entering a new era with the arrival of the Argentinian. Messi quickly finds his place in the game system and continues the matches, even if he is less decisive than with Barça. Nevertheless, the attacking trio formed with Mbappe and Neymar shakes many Ligue 1 defenses.

Coming with the aim of turning PSG over in the Champions League, Lionel Messi cannot prevent the capital club from being eliminated in the round of 16 of the 2021-2022 edition against real Madrid then the next edition against Bayern Munich. In the meantime, he will have lifted the World Cup after a final as spectacular as it is brutal against his teammate Kilian Mbappé and the France team.

Turmoil and glory with Argentina

After Maradona, Argentina therefore inherited another football genius in the person of Lionel Messi. But if the 2022 World Cup brought La Pulga the last title that was missing from its list, the weather has not always been good with the selection. There have been many meetings where the striker has not shone and displayed a level of play below his performance with Barça. The differences in context between daily club life and international periods have often been felt, even if Messi has always displayed a certain efficiency.

His skill in front of goal will nevertheless allow Lionel Messi to score 98 goals against his opponents in the Albiceleste jersey, making it the national record holder. Unhappy finalist of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America three times, Messi had to wait until 2021 to triumph with Argentina, during the Copa America, before being crowned world champion in 2022 in Qatar. Also note a coronation at the 2008 Olympics.

What is Lionel Messi’s salary?

Paris Saint-Germain had to pull out the checkbook to attract the planetary star to its ranks. According to the Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, author of a biography on the Argentine number 10, Lionel Messi would receive 30 million euros net per year at PSG. Estimates of around 35 to 40 million euros per year have also been published.


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