Lionel Messi, widely regarded as the best football player ever, has officially left PSG to join the American club, Inter Miami. Rumors suggested a potential return to his boyhood club, FC Barcelona, but there was no official proposal from the club.
After playing 1,036 games in Europe for FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 806 career goals, 303 assists, and winning 43 trophies and a record 7 Ballon d’Or en route, Messi says goodbye to European football. The signing of Messi is promised to be the biggest signing in the 27-year history of Major League Soccer.
He also has an option for part-ownership of the club and will cut revenue from new subscribers to MLS season pass streaming services offered by Apple TV. The club is also co-owned by British Superstar, David Beckham.
Messi had an eventful season, winning the long-awaited, most prestigious tournament of the footballing world, the World Cup for the first time in his career and after 36 years for his country. He also won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament, scoring 7 times and assisting 3 times in seven games.
His brief two-year stint with PSG was a bittersweet one as once loved by the fans, Messi was booed off multiple times this season. In his 75 appearances for the French club, he scored 32 goals and made 34 assists. He also won the league twice, and the French super cup, once.