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Lionel Messi admits after the collapse of Barcelona’s transfers: “First we had a different idea” – Inter Miami second choice

Lionel Messi admits after the collapse of Barcelona’s transfers: “First we had a different idea” – Inter Miami second choice

So Miami may not have been Messi’s first choice, but it was a return to FC Barcelona. He said this recently in an interview with the Spanish newspapers “Mundo Deportivo” and “Sport”: “I wanted to return to Barcelona, ​​​​but I did not want to put my future in the hands of someone else,” he explained and continued: “La Liga has given its approval, but it is not really my decision because There’s still a lot to do and it’s been a long summer and I don’t want to go through it again.”
In the end, it appears the Argentine didn’t want to spend weeks or months more in uncertainty as his Catalan heart team try to raise money so they can pay him. Coach Xavi has already respected this decision: “He didn’t have an easy time in the last two years and now he didn’t want to be under that pressure anymore,” said the Spaniard, adding: “Being a Leo can’t be easy. Focusing on who Lying to him never rests.”
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner also rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia that would have earned between €300m and €500m per season, according to various media reports. In Miami, according to Sport Bild, he now receives a basic salary of 50 million euros. But then, according to joint sponsor Adidas and MLS broadcaster Apple TV, the jersey sales quotas have to come. Messi’s earnings could then increase to around 250 million euros per season. Eternal sports rival Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have raked in €200m per season at Al-Nassr Club in Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi: Debut for Inter Miami, probably in July

On June 15, Messi scored for Argentina in a friendly match against Australia (2-0) earlier than at any time in his entire career: after just 79 seconds. However, the star does not have to play in Albiceleste’s second test match against Indonesia on Monday (2:30pm), but can travel early on his summer vacation.

Because his new employer Inter Miami plays in MLS from February to October, including a month-long break between mid-July and mid-August, and not from August to May as is the case in Europe.

So the club prefer Messi right now – but even the best player of all time needs a break. For example, he can make his debut on July 21 at Cruz Azul in Mexico – in the League Cup, which has been held annually between the American and Mexican teams since the summer of 2019.

Lionel Messi: The end of his career is likely in 2024

But how long will Messi play? After winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Messi announced that he did not want to end his career in the national team. He explained that “qualification for the Copa America is coming (the tournament will be held in the United States in 2024; ed.), but the 2026 World Cup is too far to think about.”

“In principle,” he did not imagine his continuation until the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as the Argentinean announced in a press conference during the international match. “It’s normal because of my age (Messi will be 36 on June 24; male. red.), Sometimes it’s hard for me to fit in.”

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So it seems that he will continue to play for Argentina and Miami at least until the 2024 Copa America, or until the fall of 2024 when the next MLS season ends. The end of a career in the fall of 2025 after two and a half years at Inter is also possible.

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