Lionel Messi is treated like a true star in the US, and Inter Miami is on a roll after bringing the world champion. Proof that he is indispensable to David Beckham’s squad is demonstrated by the fact that MLS bosses are considering stopping the championship because the Argentinian will miss a period of time from the team.
Why the Americans want to stop the championship
Lionel Messi signed a contract with Inter Miami this summer, valid until 2025, although he had a huge offer from Saudi Arabia, from Al-Hilal, and was also wanted by Barcelona. Since donning the shirt of Inter Miami, he has managed 11 goals and three assists in just nine games and won the League Cup, the first trophy in the club’s history.
Lionel Messi will play for the Florida team in the championship duel with Nashville, but then he will miss a longer period of time. The world champion will go to Argentina for the national team’s matches in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Under these conditions, Inter Miami coach Gerardo Martino revealed that MLS bosses are considering suspending the Major Soccer League from next season when players of Messi’s stature are called up to the national teams.
“I understand that this idea is already being analyzed and that it will probably be implemented next year“, said the coach of Inter Miami.
Leo Messi’s salary at Inter Miami
Gerardo Martino explained that Inter Miami is dependent on Lionel Messi and the team is built around him.
”It’s very hard not to design the team around Messi and think about how we can get the best version of him.
All the schemes we use, we always think about how he can have a bigger impact in the game. So far it has worked out for us, because the rest of the players have understood very well what the idea is and how we can best exploit Leo’s chances without ceasing to be a teamGerardo Martino also said.
Lionel Messi’s salary at Inter Miami is $40 million a year, but his income is growing considerably from other sources. He receives a percentage of the profit made through the MLS Pass app after the television rights of the championship for the next ten years were purchased by Apple TV in exchange for 2.5 billion dollars.
The Argentinian also collects a sum of money from Adidas for every shirt sold with his name on it.