(MENAFN) In a surprising turn of events, Lionel Messi has announced that he will be signing with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami. The Argentine forward, who recently bid farewell to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after two seasons, has opted for a move to the United States instead of a potential reunion with Barcelona or a lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia.
Messi's decision to join Inter Miami comes as a result of his concerns about Barcelona's financial situation and their inability to secure his signature earlier, leading to his emotional departure from the club in 2021. The 35-year-old expressed his apprehension about waiting for Barcelona to find a solution and did not want to go through a similar experience again.
In interviews with Spanish newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo, Messi revealed his choice to continue his career in Miami. While he acknowledged that the deal is not yet completely finalized, he and his team have made the decision to pursue this path. Despite receiving offers from European teams, Messi stated that he never seriously considered them as his sole intention in Europe was to return to Barcelona. However, with that option no longer available after the club's financial constraints, he sees this move to MLS as an opportunity to experience football in a different way and enjoy his day-to-day life to the fullest.
The news of Messi's impending move to Inter Miami has sparked excitement and intrigue among football fans worldwide. His arrival in the United States is set to have a transformative impact on MLS, elevating the league's global profile and attracting more attention to American soccer. Inter Miami, co-owned by David Beckham, will undoubtedly benefit from having one of the greatest players of all time in their ranks, both on and off the pitch.
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