The possibility of Lionel Messi joining Inter Miami is gaining momentum, as reports suggest that the MLS club is nearing agreements with tech giant Apple and sportswear brand adidas. According to The Athletic, both the league and the club are finalizing details for the Argentine superstar’s potential summer signing, marking a significant development in the transfer saga. In a surprising twist, it now seems that Al-Hilal’s lucrative offer is no longer in consideration, as Messi’s entourage has reportedly requested a delay in the move until 2024.
Barcelona and Inter Miami have emerged as the frontrunners, and MLS is reportedly leveraging its two major commercial partners to secure Messi’s services. Apple recently signed a ten-year agreement with the league, positioning itself as the primary streaming platform, and discussions have taken place regarding a potential deal that would grant Messi a share of the revenue generated from Apple TV+’s MLS Season Pass. Additionally, a four-part documentary chronicling Messi’s five World Cup appearances was announced earlier this week, adding to the anticipation surrounding the potential move.
In addition to Apple, adidas has been a longstanding partner of MLS since 1996 and has maintained a relationship with Messi since 2006. The sportswear brand is reportedly willing to offer the Argentine icon a share of their profits and a percentage of any increase in revenue resulting from his involvement in the league.
Apart from the support of these corporate giants, Messi’s potential deal with Inter Miami would likely include the option to purchase a stake in an MLS team once his playing career in the United States concludes. This arrangement would mirror the opportunity extended to David Beckham in 2007, who coincidentally was photographed alongside Messi at Paris Saint-Germain’s training ground in late April.
Another factor that could influence Messi’s decision is the imminent arrival of former Mexico national team coach Tata Martino to Miami. Martino has a strong working relationship with the 35-year-old forward, stemming from their time together with the Argentina national team and at Barcelona.
As negotiations progress, the football world eagerly awaits the outcome of Messi’s potential move to Inter Miami, which could mark a new chapter in his illustrious career.
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