Apple & MLS close deal to bring Lionel Messi to Inter Miami

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Famed Argentine player Lionel Messi chooses Inter Miami, still closing deal with MLS and Apple TV+ with rumored revenue share and other perks.

Messi joins MLS
Messi joins MLS

Rumors have been flying over where Lionel Messi would go after his contract ended at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. It came down to Saudi Arabian Al-Hilal and MLS Inter Miami, and he's chosen Miami.

According to a report from the BBC the deal has been closed for Messi to join Inter Miami despite having a more lucrative offer from Al-Hilal. It seems the player had multiple reasons for choosing Inter Miami outside of financial ones.

"I made the decision to go to Miami," Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo in a statement we've translated using Safari. "I still don't have it one hundred percent closed. I'm missing some things but we decided to continue on the road."

"If Barcelona didn't come out, I wanted to leave Europe, get out of the spotlight and think more about my family," Mesi concluded.

This would be the first time Messi played outside of Europe, but the terms of the deal bringing him stateside are still unknown. A Tuesday report from The Athletic paints a clearer picture, but it's all rumor for now.

Anonymous sources say that both MLS and Apple TV+ see Messi joining Inter Miami as a boon for the league. So much so, that a revenue share for subscriptions to MLS Season Pass is on the table.

Apple also revealed that a four-part Apple TV+ documentary about Messi's five World Cup appearances would come at a later date. The documentary culminates with his Qatar 2022 win.

Outside of the MLS deal, Messi also already owns a home in Miami. Plus, Adidas, an MLS corporate sponsor, had already signed a lifetime footwear sponsorship with Messi in 2017.

Messi has confirmed that he is going to Inter Miami. The terms of the deal are not yet public, but it seems Apple and MLS have won a significant battle for a global spotlight on the league.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 7,769member
    FC Barcelona was the other option but he claims players would need to be sold and/or take cuts for that to happen and he didn't want that.

    As money talks with Messi, I can only assume there are some major commercial offers on the table for him to turn down the Arab money. 

    The salary offer from Miami might not be as high but there are probably other financial incentives flying around. 

    The Miami lifestyle and being able to speak Spanish, plus the sea will all have appealed to him and the family. 

    The translation is decent enough.

    At his prime, Messi was a force to be reckoned with. Now, it's a different story. More like a crooner doing a run in Vegas. 

  • Reply 2 of 5
    He can still make tons of $$ in North America + he doesn't have to throw his reputation down the toilet to do so. And Buenos Aires is only 8 hours away.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,758member
    And cameo appearances in Ted Lasso.  Hopefully, another Season to come.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    thedbathedba Posts: 765member
    MacPro said:
    And cameo appearances in Ted Lasso.  Hopefully, another Season to come.

    Maybe, if Ted becomes head coach to one of the MLS teams.
    But I really hope that Jason Sudeikis has put that series to rest. No need to milk that cow any longer.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    thedbathedba Posts: 765member
    The MLS has become a really good pre-retirement playground for many of Europe’s aging superstars. 
    David Beckham, Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic come to mind.
    From Messi’s point of view, having achieved every goal in your playing career at the highest level with nothing else left to prove, going to the MLS is a very logical move. It brings added visibility to the league, whose potential market is much bigger than that of Saudi Arabia.
    It also doesn’t make you look like a greedy has been, selling your soul for more $$$ (looking at you Cristiano).
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