Romano confirms Lionel Messi’s next club with blockbuster deal agreed with ‘immediate effect’

Ben Stewart
Lionel Messi during warmup prior to the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Clermont at Parc des Princes

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Lionel Messi will be playing in MLS next season as Inter Miami have agreed a deal with the Argentine legend.

Messi’s future had been up in the air for quite some time. With the 35-year-old not willing to extend his stay with PSG, he had been linked with several moves.

Barcelona and Xavi were keen on bringing him back to Spain, but their financial situation meant they couldn’t get offer Messi a deal.

With this being the case, it looks as if Messi has agreed a deal with MLS club Inter Miami.

“Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, here we go! The decision has been made and it will be announced by Leo in the next hours,” Romano confirmed on Twitter.

“Messi will play in MLS next season. No more chances for Barcelona/Al Hilal despite trying to make it happen.

“Messi will clarify the reasons and details of his decision to join Inter Miami in the next hours.

“Deal will be valid with immediate effect as Jorge Messi is planning to travel to Miami later tonight.”

The profile of the MLS will be massively boosted by Messi’s arrival. While no longer at the peak of his powers, Messi is still one of the best players in the world.

In Ligue 1 this season, Messi produced 32 goal contributions and he is still in the race for the Ballon d’Or later this year.

Guillem Balague earlier clarified how the MLS outfit have managed to sneak ahead of Barcelona in the race for Messi.

“The former Barcelona player is set to reject a more lucrative offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal,” clarified Balague.

“The Miami deal includes collaboration from brands like Adidas and Apple.

“He was heavily tipped to be favouring a move to Saudi Arabia, where he would have joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the league in a deal that could not be matched financially.

“But Messi was ultimately tempted to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami for a variety of reasons including lifestyle, and a deal with big brands that extends beyond football.

“He already owns a house in Miami, which he currently rents out.”

Inter Miami recently parted company with Phil Neville as the MLS side has fallen below expectations this season.

Messi will surely be able to get them back on track next season though along with bringing his global audience to the league.

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