Lionel Messi, the Argentine football superstar, has recently been associated with rumours saying that he is trying to buy a 35 percent stake in Major Soccer League team Inter Miami and join the squad in 2023 after leaving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
However, according to his agent, the claims are absolutely incorrect because Messi has yet to decide on his future.
Messi would have joined the ownership group that comprises Cuban American businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas, as well as famed football star David Beckham, if he had purchased stakes.
Speaking to the French daily newspaper Le Parisien. Messi’s agent said, “Leo has not yet decided on his future”.
According to Alex Candal of DirectTV, Messi is in the process of purchasing a 35 percent stake in MLS club Inter Miami and will join the club in 2023.
The fact that Messi indicated a desire to play in the United States back in 2020 added credence to the reports of his departure.
“I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States, experience what the league there is like, but not yet,” Messi said in 2020, as per Marca.
According to Spanish media outlets, Messi purchased a beautiful apartment in Miami’s South Beach region in 2019. Inter Miami owner David Beckham has also stated his intention to sign Lionel Messi if the Argentine legend becomes a free agency.
It is worth noting that Messi made a spectacular move to France last summer, signing a two-year contract with PSG.
Messi’s form has been inconsistent since joining PSG, with 11 goals and 13 assists in 33 matches. Meanwhile, despite winning the French championship in 2021-22, PSG must recover from their heartbreak in the UEFA Champions League in 2021-22.
With the FIFA World Cup 2022 approaching, PSG may be hesitant to let go of Messi in the summer due to his brand value. On May 22, PSG will play their final game of the 2021-22 season against Metz.
Meanwhile, Inter Miami is desperate to sign someone of Messi’s calibre to counteract a negative narrative about this club, which is one of the newest in MLS but has never made the playoffs because, as of this writing, it has only won 19 of the 57 games it has played since joining the competition in the 2020 season.