PSG forward Lionel Messi close to joining MLS side Inter Miami after failed BARCA return

Lionel Messi is set to join Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the month.

The Argentine great had received lucrative offers to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia this summer, with Al Hilal among his suitors, while Barcelona were also interested in re-signing him.

Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, was pictured visiting Barcelona president Joan Laporta to hold talks about a possible return to Catalonia earlier this week, but an offer did not materialise due to LaLiga’s financial fair play rules.

The 35-year-old, who inspired his country to World Cup glory in December, is now set to move to the United States and join Inter Miami, a club part-owned by David Beckham.

Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, has scored 32 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions for French giants PSG, winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, following his transfer from boyhood club Barcelona in 2021.

Inter Miami, who only became an MLS team in 2020 having been founded two years earlier, currently sit bottom of the Eastern Conference and are managerless, having parted company with previous head coach Phil Neville last week.


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