The Argentina legend is close to formalizing an agreement to join the Beckham co-owned Inter Miami in a free transfer from Paris-Saint Germain in the summer of 2023 that would make him the highest-paid player in the history of MLS, according to the Sunday Times.
The 35-year-old Messi, who already has a home in Miami, is second in soccer history behind Cristiano Ronaldo with 764 career goals for club and country ahead of Argentina’s next World Cup match in Qatar on Wednesday against Poland.
A World Cup title has eluded Messi in four previous tries in his career with Argentina, but he netted the go-ahead goal in Saturday’s win over Mexico following a stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia to open the tournament.
Inter Miami, which finished its third MLS season in sixth place in the Eastern Conference before losing in the first round of the playoffs to NYCFC in October, is slated to begin construction soon on a billion-dollar stadium near Miami airport that is slated to open in 2025.
According to the report, the MLS club managed by Beckham’s former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville is also considering adding Messi’s former Barcelona teammates, Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas. Beckham played six seasons in MLS for the LA Galaxy from 2007-12.
Messi left Barcelona for a $41 million yearly salary with PSG in 2021, winning the Ligue 1 crown in France last season.