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How Lionel Messi could become minority owner at Inter Miami alongside David Beckham?

Published at :April 7, 2024 at 6:59 PM
Modified at :April 7, 2024 at 6:59 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami contract will end in 2025

After learning the truth about his actual pay at Inter Miami, Lionel Messi apparently has the opportunity to buy a minority stake in the team.

Prior to Messi’s arrival last summer, the MLS team’s valuation was $600 million (£474.7 million), slightly over the league average.

As a result of higher ticket sales, sponsorship deals, and a worldwide preseason tour, the team’s value has since climbed to just over $1 billion (£791.2 million), according to Forbes.

According to the article, if the 36-year-old exercises his option to join co-owner David Beckham in the boardroom, no buy-in is needed, and his yearly compensation is actually between $50 and $60 million (£39.5 and £47.4 million) rather than $400 million (£316.5 million).

Messi has had a significant influence on MLS and Miami. After their Leagues Cup victory, he helped transform a team at the bottom of the table into a trophy-winning squad that is currently in contention for the league championship. With record-breaking viewership, the Argentine World Cup winner has undoubtedly elevated the league to a whole new level.

In 19 appearances across all competitions since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract last year, Messi has scored 16 goals. The former Barcelona player has only appeared in five games this season before going out with a leg injury.

Messi will hopefully contribute to their next games against Colorado on Saturday and Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal on April 10, even though it is unclear if he will take charge in Miami.

In his MLS comeback, Lionel Messi netted for Inter Miami in a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids.After missing four games due to a hamstring injury, the Argentine entered the game in the second half with his team behind 1-0 after a penalty kick by Rafael Navarro. Messi helped his teammate Leonardo Afonso score after he levelled with a left-footed strike.

“What Leo did is the usual for him, what he provokes in our team, in his team-mates, in the people,” said Miami boss Gerard Martino. ‘‘The most important thing is that he felt comfortable, he felt good, he felt loose.

“This will help him to be more confident, especially with regard to the injury, for the second leg in Monterrey.”

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