Lionel Messi lives transcendental hours. It is that, finished his link with Paris Saint Germain -his contract expires on June 30, although he has no more commitments-, the captain of the Argentine National Team must decide where he will play, at least, next season.
And the scenario remains between questions. With Barcelona juggling to accommodate its finances, but without the possibility of making a formal and real offer because it cannot even register it, the captain of the Argentine National Team world champion in Qatar 2022 has on the table two real proposals and two interested parties of weight.
The first two are Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Inter Miami. The second two, whose names are kept under lock and key, are two European clubs: one from England and one from Italy.
It is known of the pharaonic proposal of Al Hilal, who wants to take the magic of Messi to the desert in exchange for a stratospheric figure that could be around 600 million dollars per season, but little was known about the proposal of Inter Miami, which has as one of its owners the former English footballer David Beckham.
In the last hours, precisely, the details of the offer of the Major League Soccer club transcended, which advances silently to try to kick the board and stay with the services of the seven-time Ballon d'Or and last winner of The Best awards given by FIFA.
It is told by the prestigious site The Athletic, which depends on The New York Times. The other owners of the American franchise, José Mas and Jorge Mas would be leading the negotiations in person. What would they give Leo?
In addition to the salary, which would be much lower than what Al Hilal proposes, Inter Miami has the financial backing of the MLS – in reality, all the players in the league belong to the parent company in the United States – and Apple, which owns the television rights of the competition.
One of the salient points of the contract that would have reached the offices of the Messi would be, precisely, that Leo will receive royalties for the extra income that the MLS has for new subscribers who join the "football pack" of Apple + since the arrival of the Argentine.
Both organizations have a 10-year contract signed a few months ago for 2,500 million dollars and are convinced that the arrival of the leader of the Scaloneta will trigger the audiences. And there is a fact that should not be missed: Apple announced in the last hours that it will launch a documentary series about Messi and his participation in the World Cup. Alcoyana, Alcoyana? Yes, the link is already established between the parties.
Another actor that would appear in the negotiation is Adidas, historical sponsor of Leo and main sponsor of the MLS – all teams wear clothing of the German brand. The Rosario would also receive royalties for the profits of the firm that occur since its landing in North America. The three-strip firm and MLS have been partners since 1996 and recently signed a multi-year deal in exchange for $830 million.
The last leg of the offer comes directly from MLS. It includes the possibility of Messi buying a league franchise. It's the same financial engineering they employed when they brought David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Englishman, years later, became one of the owners of Inter Miami.