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Argentina legend Lionel Messi has left French winners Paris St-Germain to join American club Inter Miami. The former Barcelona star is expected to turn down a higher-paying offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal. Adidas and Apple are among the brands involved in the Miami arrangement.
Forward Messi, 35, has won the accolade for the world’s greatest player seven times and is likely to win it again after winning the World Cup. This is the first time Messi has played outside of Europe.
He planned to stay in Europe for another season, but after receiving no suitable offers, he was forced to choose between Inter Miami and Al-Hilal.
He was highly rumored to want a move to Saudi Arabia, where he would have joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the league in an unbeatable financial contract.
However, Messi was eventually enticed to join Major League Soccer club Inter Miami for a multitude of reasons, including lifestyle and a contract with huge brands that goes beyond football. He already has a home in Miami, which he rents out.
He wanted to return to Barcelona this summer, but the Financial Fair Play restrictions that will be in force in La Liga next season made any ambitious plan to bring him back impossible.