Lionel Messi is one step away from Inter Miami. Everything seems to indicate that the captain of the Argentine National Team is preparing to announce that he will wear the shirt of this MLS franchise, which from next season will become the third club in the Argentine's professional career after his long stay at Barcelona FC and his last two years at Paris Saint-Germain.
Only remains the official confirmation from Messi, who in the last hours finished leaning towards the official proposal made by Inter Miami, which has former footballer David Beckham as part of its share package and visible image of the board.
If the pass materializes, the ascendant American league will open the doors to the Argentine star, which will serve to give even more impetus to soccer in that country one year before the 2024 Super Copa America with the merger of Conmebol and Concacaf and three years away from receiving the 2026 World Cup of 48 teams in North America.
Lionel Messi and David Beckham, in their meeting in April at the facilities of Paris Saint-Germain. Photo: PSG Inside.
Despite the interest in repatriating him from Barcelona, which could not crystallize into a concrete offer due to financial fair play, and the millionaire economic proposal of Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, a geographical destination that did not finish seducing the Messi, it was Inter Miami who knew how to wait for his opportunity and accelerated in time to get the services of the Argentine crack, who will be free of PSG and with the pass in his possession from July 1.
It is worth noting that Inter Miami's offer to Messi goes beyond an amount in dollars since it includes economic agreements with brands such as Apple and Adidas, in addition to the chance to settle in a destination like Miami that would allow him to continue his business side once he decides his retirement from football.
Inter Miami and Beckham have been insisting for years with the possibility of taking Messi to the MLS, and the Argentine flirted with the idea predicting a possible ideal destination to give a closure to his career.
In this way, Messi would join a team that currently has another Argentine as an interim coach, former footballer Javier Morales, who took over the position after the dismissal of English Phill Neville, friend and former teammate of Beckham at Manchester United. Of course, in the United States there is already talk of the arrival of another DT, none other than Gerardo Tata Martino, also from Rosario.
Inter Miami, a team that is last in the Eastern Conference of a tournament that has no relegation, plays tonight for another competition, the semifinals of the US Open Cup. This competition, which includes amateur teams, begins to gain importance as it would allow Inter to qualify for the Concacaf Champions League, commonly called Concachampions, which in turn gives its winner a place in the Club World Cup.
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