An significant setback has been delivered to FC Barcelona by a co-owner of Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami.
Since making his Inter Miami debut in the team’s Leagues Cup opener against Cruz Azul, Lionel Messi has done well for the club. In a 2-1 victory, the former PSG attacker in as a second-half substitute and added a late free kick. He continued in that manner in their upcoming Leagues Cup match, helping to a 2-0 victory over Atalanta United with two goals and an assist. After only eight minutes, he scored the game’s first goal, and not long after, he added a second.
In his final game with PSG, he left in an unceremonious manner and received jeers from the crowd. He was linked to Barcelona, the favorite, and the Saudi Pro League team Al Hilal before departing as a free agent. Despite receiving an important financial offer, he refused to travel to Saudi Arabia and stayed behind in financially troubled Barcelona. Despite failing to come back Messi for the La Liga team, Joan Laporta promised supporters that the attacker will play one final game for the organization.
Additionally, there have been rumors that he would spend the MLS off-season on loan at Barcelona. Jorge Mas, a co-owner of Inter Miami, has refuted these rumors. I want to caveat that, Mas stated on the Outsiders interview with Taylor Twellman. I’m not sure if it’s a friendly contest or an end-of-season contest. They play for the Gamper Trophy in the summer.
“But there will be something where, ideally, Lionel Messi can say his proper goodbye when the new Camp Nou is open, because their stadium there they will not be playing in for the next year and a half.
“That doesn’t mean you have to represent Barcelona. He won’t be sent there on loan. That won’t take place. Yes, he deserves a proper farewell there. Yes, and I will use every resource at my service to aid and assist him in doing that because he deserves it,” he continued. According to a co-owner who recently spoke with El Pais, Messi has a two-year contract with the MLS team and is believed paid between $50 and $60 million per season.
Lionel Messi: Apple and Adidas
In addition to receiving such a large pay, Messi will also make money from Apple and Adidas. Both organizations reportedly offered Messi a cut of the revenue earned by new users to the MLS Season Pass streaming program on Apple TV, which is the league’s official streaming platform. Even a four-episode documentary series about Messi that follows his FIFA World Cup journey has been revealed by Apple TV. Adidas is a significant MLS sponsor as well as Messi’s sponsor. They reportedly gave him a cut of the revenue from goods sales upon his arrival in the United States. Additionally, when he retires, he will own more than a third of Inter Miami.