With the Argentine national team, superstar Lionel Messi is fighting for the last major title that is still missing from his collection at the World Cup. Meanwhile, a wild rumor circulated on Sunday and the player's agents rushed to refute it.
An agent of superstar Lionel Messi has denied a media report that the Argentinean is about to join Inter Miami in the United States. "This is wrong," Messi's representative Marcelo Mendez told US television network CNN in a statement. "There are no negotiations for Lionel to join Inter Miami next season."
The British newspaper "Times" had previously reported on Sunday that club officials around co-owner David Beckham were confident that the 35-year-old would sign with the Major League Soccer club after the World Cup in Qatar. He should rise there to become the highest-earning professional in league history. The Times did not name a source. The speculation has existed before. Messi's contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends after the current season. He had already made it clear that a move to the USA could also appeal to him.
At Inter Miami, he should play alongside Cesc Fabregas and Luis Suárez, who are also set to be lured to Florida, according to the report. Messi is very good friends with the 35-year-old Uruguayan Suárez. Fabregas, Suárez and Messi once played together at FC Barcelona. Messi had to leave the Catalans, to whom he had moved from his native Rosario in Argentina in 2000 as a 13-year-old, in the summer of 2021. The heavily indebted club could no longer afford the exceptional player and multiple world footballer. Messi then moved to PSG in France.
At the World Cup in Qatar, Messi led Argentina to victory with his opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday, keeping their chances of reaching the knockout stages and the title dream alive at their fifth and final World Cup.
(This article was first published on Monday, November 28, 2022.)