Talks between Lionel Messi and Inter Miami have progressed to the point that the Major League Soccer franchise expects the Paris Saint-Germain forward to join them next summer.
Messi, 35, is out of contract at the end of the season, his second year in the French capital. There have been reports of extending his deal with PSG or even a sensational return to Barcelona for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
However, The negotiations with Inter Miami have advanced the farthest, with brothers Jorge and Jose Mas leading the talks on behalf of the club they co-own with David Beckham. However, that dialogue has been put on hold until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which runs from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18.
Messi’s arrival in MLS could have a similar impact on the profile of soccer in the United States as Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy did in 2007, especially with the World Cup coming to the U.S. in 2026.
Messi’s form has been revitalized this season, with the Argentina captain scoring ten goals in all competitions already and registering ten league assists in a campaign after just 12 games, the quickest he has ever reached that mark.