Former FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi plans to retire in the United States after buying a 35% stake in an MLS franchise in 2023.
The claims were made by DirecTV journalist Alex Candal, with Messi set to first honor his two-year contract at Paris Saint Germain and then venture across the Atlantic to Inter Miami.
Leaving Barca as a free agent last summer, Messi agreed terms with PSG until June 2023, when he just turned 36.
According to the report, the Argentine’s plan is to spend one more term in Europe’s top flight where he can not only try his hand at winning a fifth Champions League title but also stay fully fit to head towards Qatar 2022. World Cup and trying to seal the only major trophy that has eluded him in a glittering career.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has long been linked with Inter Miami, and Candal says the David Beckham-owned franchise already has a contract drawn up for Barca’s goals and appearances leader which has yet to be finalized. sign.
Before joining Inter Miami, however, Messi will buy a 35% stake in the MLS team before he starts living his own American dream.
While still employed at Camp Nou, Messi expressed a strong desire to one day ply his trade in the United States and said: “I always dreamed of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States, to live what the league is like”, at La Sexta at the turn of 2021.
Amid a turbulent season with PSG which saw the perennial continental underachievers suffer another embarrassing knockout in the Champions League, this time at Real Madrid, Messi was booed by home fans at the Parc des Princes and he had been rumors that he would make a sensational return to FC Barcelona.
Father’s player Jorge and Catalans president Joan Laporta have said they hope Messi will one day return to the Blaugrana, but that looks increasingly likely to materialize once he hangs up his boots and had a behind-the-scenes role as a director. football or something like that.