Lionel Messi ‘will join Inter Miami in 2023’ and ‘is working to buy 35% of the shares’ of the MLS club co-owned by David Beckham

Lionel Messi is set to buy 35% of Inter Miami shares and then join the MLS franchise once his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in 2023, it has been reported.

The 34-year-old left Barcelona last summer after the Catalan giants couldn’t renew his contract due to their ongoing financial problems.

Messi set to buy 35% of Inter Miami shares

Messi has signed a two-year contract with PSG, but according to DIRECTV journalist Alex Candal, quoted by Marca, the Argentina international could soon ply his trade in the United States with Inter Miami in 2023.

Candal added that the Barcelona legend is working on buying a significant stake in the club, which has David Beckham as co-owner.

“Leo Messi is still one of the best players in the world, his skills have not diminished,” Inter Miami co-owner and executive director Jorge Mas told the Miami Herald in February.

“I believe, and David [Beckham] has a relationship with him, that if he leaves PSG, the moment he leaves PSG, we would like to have Messi as a player at Inter Miami and be part of our community.

“Can this happen? We will push. I’m an optimist at heart – can I see it happening? It’s a possibility.

Messi previously revealed he could move to the United States in the future.

Lionel Messi 'will join Inter Miami in 2023' and 'is working to buy 35% of the shares' of the MLS club co-owned by David Beckham
Beckham is the owner of the MLS side

“I always dreamed of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States, of discovering what the league is like there, but not yet,” Messi said in an interview with Jordi Evole of La Sexta in 2020.

Inter Miami was founded in 2018 and is managed by Beckham’s former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville.

The club currently have Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi in their ranks but their contracts are due to expire on December 31.

Messi, who scored 24 goals in 33 games to help PSG win Ligue 1 this season, could be the next big name to swap European football for MLS, it seems.

His former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, who left Atletico Madrid, has also been previously linked with a move to Inter Miami.

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