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Messi is moving stateside. Image: @espn / Twitter

The mind-blowing reasons why Lionel Messi chose the MLS

Lionel Messi will play for Inter Miami in the MLS after signing an unprecedented sports deal. Why did he spurn Saudi Arabian money though?

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Messi is moving stateside. Image: @espn / Twitter

Lionel Messi spurned a $1.6bn offer from Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal over three years and chose Inter Miami in the MLS instead. Why?

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Messi is set to receive a massive compensation package that includes a share of Apple’s revenue generated by MLS Season Pass and Adidas profits from his MLS arrival. That, of course, hinges on shirt sales, and we can be sure that those shirts will fly off the shelves.

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Messi changing the game as per usual

Lionel Messi’s profound effect on Inter Miami has been staggering and instantaneous. Their Instagram account jumped from 1m followers to 5.5m in 24 hours. They now have more followers than any NFL, MLB, NHL or MLS team. Messi will receive a share of Adidas kit sales, a share of Apple TV Season Pass revenue, and an option to buy a stake in the club once he retires.

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Becks laughing all the way to the bank

Inter Miami owner David Beckham earned $255m over five years as an MLS player. Then, he purchased Inter Miami for $25m, and they’re now valued at $600m and climbing. Don’t be surprised if Messi’s arrival pushes their valuation beyond the $1bn mark. The GOAT keeps doing things his way.

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Lionel Messi has ascended to World Cup heaven. Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

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