The news of Lionel Messi leaving Europe had already gone viral. Every fan was eagerly waiting for the official announcement. Inter Miami, the club owned by David Beckham, has announced that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has signed a two-year contract with the club, on Saturday. How did Miami convince Messi, what is in Messi’s contract with Miami, how much will Messi get paid in the new club, how long will he stay, and many other questions are answered in this article?
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It can be said that Messi’s move to the United States is a big surprise, denying the strong rumours of going to Saudi Arabia. Messi will play the first match on July 21 against the Mexican club Cruz Azul in the League Cup (a new tournament involving all the teams of Major League Soccer and Liga MX of Mexico). Gerardo Tata Martino is set to take over as Miami’s new coach. The Argentinian coach coached Messi at Barcelona in the 2013-14 season and the Argentina national team in the 2014-16 season.
New Contract Term
Messi signed a 2-year 6 monthly contract with Miami. That means he will play for Miami until December 2025. However, at the end of this period, there is an opportunity to renew the contract for another year with the agreement of both parties. That means Messi can be seen in Miami until 2026.
New Jersey Number
Messi has worn the number 10 jersey most of the time at Barcelona. He is also number 10 in Argentina. However, he was seen in the number 30 jersey for two seasons for PSG. Messi chose it himself, leaving number 10 for Neymar. But for Miami, Messi will be seen again in the number 10 jersey. Since waiting for Messi, Miami has not given the number 10 jersey to anyone else this season.
Salary and Sponsorships
Messi’s deal with Miami is one of the most complicated deals in Major League Soccer. Messi will get five to six million dollars a year. This includes his salary and other allowances. Apart from this, Messi will receive money from Major League Soccer sponsors and other partners. He will be given a portion of Apple TV’s deal with MLS. Money will also come from MLS sponsor and jersey supplier Adidas. It is very difficult to predict how much Messi will earn in this club.