Inter Miami FC Pushing to Land Messi over Barcelona
Inter Miami FC is reportedly making a strong push to sign soccer superstar Lionel Messi. According to sources, the Miami-based team is offering a lucrative deal that would persuade Messi to leave his current club, Barcelona, and join them instead.
Messi’s potential move to Inter Miami FC comes on the back of mounting speculation over his future at Barcelona. The soccer legend has been with the club for more than two decades, but rumors about his departure have been circulating for months. Al Hilal, a Saudi Arabian club, had also expressed interest in signing him.
ESPN reports that Al Hilal fears Messi may favor a move to Miami, which is seen as a more lucrative destination. Meanwhile, ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens said that there is “still a long way to go” before a Messi return to Barcelona becomes a real possibility.
Forbes, however, suggests that Messi has already agreed to join Inter Miami FC, citing anonymous sources. If true, it would be a massive coup for the newly-formed MLS team, which is owned by former Manchester United and England soccer star David Beckham.
While Messi’s move to Inter Miami FC would be a major boost for the team, not everyone is happy about the prospect. The Indian Express published an opinion piece arguing that the soccer superstar joining Saudi club Al Hilal would be a “shame,” due to the controversial human rights record of the country.
As of now, it remains uncertain where Messi will end up, but one thing is certain: he will continue to dominate headlines and soccer discussions for weeks to come.