One of the best football (soccer) players of all time has just signed with Inter Miami. Messi has been very successful in Europe over the years and this past World Cup was won by him and his Argentinian teammates.
It is well known that the best football (soccer) is being played in Europe. So why did Messi decide to join Inter Miami at the age of 36 while still playing at a great level?
In the article that NBCSports published called Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets unveiled by Inter Miami by Andy Edwards it is revealed that Messi will earn close to 60 million dollars per year. This includes his players salary and a stake in the team.
Players owning a stake in a team, especially the one that they play for was a rare occurrence until Kylian Mbappé set the tone as mentioned in the article Kylian Mbappé’s new contract makes him the most powerful figure at PSG by Adam White. In this great peace it is mentioned that the contract extension Mbappé signed last year included a clause that he has a say on how the club is run. Therefore it seems quite placable that a player of Messi’s caliber could request such a clause be included in his contract.
Even tho players such as Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka have played for MLS teams before Messi none of them has had the impact Messi has had on football (soccer). Arguably the Greatest player of all time Messi has dominated European football for as long as I can remember.
Essentially Sports published an article they named After Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami Move Skyrocketed Jersey Sales, USMNT Player’s $24.6 Million Signing Boosts Similar Sales to Shock European Soccer Giants written by Sourav Kalita in which it is stated that the arrival of Messi was a seismic shift and the biggest signing in MLS history.
Jersey sales of shirts with Messi on the back is anticipated to shatter all the previous record shirt sales. It would not be a surprise if another clause was included in Messi’s contract. The clause probably states that Messi gets a percentage of each shirt sold which would be an enticing offer to Messi.
There are more than 300 million people residing in the United States 340,100,874 if you want to be exact. This according to worldometers.infos latest survey on the 22 of July 2023. It is a well known fact that football (soccer) is not the most popular sport in the US. The arrival of Messi can help change that and undoubtably the representatives of Inter Miami would have used this fact to convince Messi to play for them.
Who wouldn’t want to be the reason that football (soccer) became the most popular sport in the United States?
In conclusion, Lionel Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami was influenced by a combination of compelling factors. Firstly, the lucrative contract he agreed to, earning close to 60 million dollars per year, including a stake in the team, demonstrates the club’s commitment to valuing his exceptional talent and influence on the field.
Secondly, the inclusion of a stake in the team is a notable trend in football contracts, highlighted by Kylian Mbappé’s contract with PSG. This aspect of ownership provides Messi with a say in the club’s operations, allowing him to have a greater impact beyond his playing career.
Moreover, Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami represents the biggest signing in MLS history, surpassing the impact made by previous football legends like Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, and Kaka. This demonstrates the growing stature of Major League Soccer and solidifies its position as a more enticing destination for top-tier talent.
Furthermore, the move to the United States presents an opportunity for Messi to captivate a larger audience and help elevate the popularity of football (soccer) in a country where it has historically been overshadowed by other sports. With over 300 million people in the United States, the potential for the sport’s growth is immense, and Messi can play a pivotal role in driving its popularity to new heights.
In summary, the combination of an attractive contract, ownership stake, historical significance as the biggest MLS signing, and the chance to be instrumental in football’s rise in the United States are the key factors that led Lionel Messi to choose Inter Miami as the next chapter in his illustrious career. As he embarks on this new journey, football fans around the world eagerly anticipate witnessing the impact he will make in shaping the future of the sport in America.
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