Argentine football star Lionel Messi. (Photo: AFP)
Argentine football star Lionel Messi’s decision to play for Inter Miami C.F. in the Major League Soccer has surprised many. A host of questions surround the move to the United States away from Paris Saint-Germain.
Here are the top five talking points in this transfer deal:
How much will Messi make in this deal?
At the very start to put things in perspective, Messi presently makes around $45 million annually (net) in Paris.
Newspaper Miami Herald reported that the deal is "complicated" valued at around $125 million to $150 million in the entire course of the contract period. This figure will include salary, equity in the team and bonuses.
Further, Apple, which is the MLS’ broadcast partner and one of the league’s biggest sponsors, Adidas, are reportedly offering a profit-sharing deal on subscriptions and merchandising.
How long is the contract for?
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner will join the MLS side on a two-and-a-half-year contract with an optional extension year in 2026. Finer details of the contract are still being worked out.
Messi’s tentative debut date
The debut dates vary based on reports. However, July 21 when Inter Miami takes on Cruz Azul in the League Cup is the most widely reported debut date.
Where is Inter Miami C.F. in the MLS standings and what is the team’s current form?
Inter Miami is having a torrid season. The team is at the very bottom of the league table with just 15 points in 17 games.
Who are the owners of Inter Miami CF?
Former England international David Beckham is the most well-known owner of the club. The other owners are brothers Jorge Mas and Jose Mas – who have stakes in Mas-Tec, a US infrastructure provider.