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Lionel Messi’s New Club Confirmed As He Snubs Barcelona, Saudi Arabia Offers
- Lionel Messi has reportedly decided to join Inter Miami after departing PSG
- This is a major coup for David Beckham's team, who fought off offers from Saudi Arabia
- Messi and his wife Antonela reportedly don't want their kids to live in Saudi
Argentina legend, Lionel Messi will join American side Inter Miami after his exit from French champions Paris St-Germain.
The former Barcelona forward is set to reject a more lucrative offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
The Miami deal includes collaboration with brands like Adidas and Apple.
Messi, 35, won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player seven times and is expected to win it later this year after World Cup success.
This will be the first time the Barcelona icon has played outside Europe.
He wanted to remain there for another season but, after no satisfactory offers were received, he had a straight choice between Inter Miami or Al-Hilal.
He was heavily tipped to be favouring a move to Saudi Arabia, where he would have joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the league in a deal that could not be matched financially.
But Messi was ultimately tempted to Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami for a variety of reasons including lifestyle, and a deal with big brands that extends beyond football.
He already owns a house in Miami, which he rents out.
He was also keen on a return to Barcelona this summer, but the Financial Fair Play (FFP) limitations that will be in place for next season in La Liga made any ambitious plan to bring him back an impossibility.
Henry hails Messi amid exit
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry has insisted that Messi made history with Paris Saint-Germain despite not really connecting with the club in his two years in France, Goal reports.
The superstar is confirmed to be departing this summer after helping the club claim a second consecutive Ligue 1 title this season, scoring 16 goals in the process.
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Henry said it would be difficult for anyone, even Messi, to shine on Kylian Mbappe’s turf, but said that the Ballon d’Or winner did enough to earn himself a good farewell from PSG.
Messi speaks on GOAT debate
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Messi discussing the unending GOAT debate between himself and his age-old adversary, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 35-year-old, who recently picked up his second Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award in Paris, finally weighed in on the debate.
Messi told CNN that simply being considered among the greatest names football had ever seen was an achievement on its own to him.