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Report: Lionel Messi nearing agreement to come to MLS, join Inter Miami

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Lionel Messi to move to Major League Soccer in 2023? According to The Sunday Times, Messi is close to an agreement with Inter Miami to join the team after the end of the 2022/23 European season. Messi, 35, will become the highest paid player in MLS history, as well as the most famous player to ever play in MLS.

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Inter Miami is co-owned by David Beckham, the man who made a splash in the 2000s when he joined MLS to play for LA Galaxy. The Times also reports that Inter Miami are looking for players who previously played with Messi in Europe to join him in the United States.

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The Argentine star currently plays for PSG in French Ligue 1 after spending most of his career at Barcelona. Messi has established himself as one of the best players in Barcelona’s history and has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards for the best player.

Messi joined PSG ahead of the 2021/22 season after failing to secure a contract with Barcelona due to the club’s financial problems. Messi scored 474 goals in 520 La Liga appearances for Barcelona and scored a staggering 96 goals in 69 appearances in 2011-12 and 2012-13 as Barcelona were one of the best teams in the history of modern football.

Messi’s contract with PSG expires at the end of the season, and there have long been rumors of a possible move to MLS. It’s unclear how long he will actually play for Inter Miami after he joins the team in 2023. The Premier League schedule does not coincide with the schedule of major European clubs. Combine the overlapping schedules with the 2022 World Cup and Messi will play for more than 14 consecutive months without a break if he moves to Inter Miami as soon as the PSG season is over and immediately appears in the team.

Argentinean Lionel Messi in action during the World Cup Group C football match between Argentina and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Saturday, November 26, 2022.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Argentinean Lionel Messi in action during the World Cup Group C football match between Argentina and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Saturday, November 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

At the moment, Messi’s biggest priority is securing his first World Cup. He scored Argentina’s first goal on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Mexico that prevented the Argentines from being eliminated. Argentina could qualify for the playoffs by beating Poland in the final game of the group stage.

Inter Miami went 14–6–14 with 48 points in 2022. He lost in the first round of the playoffs to NYFC in his first playoff appearance in the franchise’s three-year history.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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