Lionel Messi playing in the MLS is closer to happening than ever before following his exit from Paris Saint-Germain. He has now received a formal offer from Inter Miami, per MARCA sources.
Messi, 35, would sign a contract to play in Miami for at least three seasons with a “reasonable” salary, but clearly nowhere near the $400 million per year offered by Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
The reigning FIFA World Cup champion, however, would become the highest paid player in the league. Each MLS team can have up to three franchise players in its ranks, each exceeding $1 million in annual salary.
Messi’s wage would surpass the minimum price tag for a franchise player by a lot and then some.
The Inter Miami contract is the only formal offer presented to Messi besides the one from Saudi Arabia.
Messi back to Barcelona?
There is also the option of returning to FC Barcelona. Messi has made his desire to return abundantly clear, but the club needs to meet some financial demands that currently keep them from signing him.
This MLS offer indicates that Messi’s future is even more uncertain than previously estimated.
While Messi does not have a personal home in Miami, his company owns a luxury property in the city that it currently rents out for commercial purposes.
In the end, it’all all come down to where Messi and his family feel more comfortable, so Miami isn’t a terrible option.