‘I’m optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt’: director of David Beckham’s MLS franchise claims Barcelona captain will play for their side ‘one day’
- David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise is currently in its second season
- The MLS side recently picked up Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi
- Miami director Jorge Mas is confident that Lionel Messi will one day join
- The Barcelona captain is about to agree to a two-year extension in Spain
Jorge Mas, director of Inter Miami, is confident that David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise could one day convince Lionel Messi to join the club.
Barcelona captain Messi has been linked with a departure from the club in the past year, but it appears he will remain at the Camp Nou for another two years as a new contract is on the way.
Mas has teamed up with former England captain Beckham, who founded the club in Miami in time for the 2020 season, in running the club and claims Messi’s signing would help the Herons build a ‘world-class team’ .
Inter Miami director Jorge Mas (left) claims David Beckham’s MLS side can buy Lionel Messi
Barcelona captain Messi is close to a new two-year deal with the club until 2023
He told the Miami Herald: “David and I have worked very hard, we have the ambition to bring the best players here and Leo Messi is a generation player, maybe the best player of all time.
“I am optimistic that Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I believe it will complete the legacy of the greatest player of our generation and fulfill the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to create a world-class team.” to build.’
Inter Miami is halfway through their second season as a professional team and last season reached the preliminary round for the MLS Play-Offs.
Beckham’s MLS side is currently in their second season as a professional side in America
Messi has previously spoken out about his desire to play in America when he deems his Barcelona days over.
The Argentinian told the Spanish news channel The sixth last year: “I’ve always said that I have the impression that I would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, of living in that league and that life, but whether it happens or not, I don’t know ,’
The MLS franchise has added world-class talent to their side in recent years, with the recent signings of former Juventus players Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi.
However, Miami – now led by former England women’s manager Phil Neville – has been hit with transfer sanctions by the MLS over the signing of former France international Matuidi.
Mas claims Beckham (right) signing Messi (left) would complete Miami’s world-class squad
Mas (left) and Miami were both fined for violating MLS transfer rules earlier this year
The midfielder, who joined in August 2020, was not named as a ‘Designated Player’ who does not meet the MLS salary cap rules, which state that the majority of players are not allowed to earn more than £1.14 million per season.
The investigation also states that Inter Miami should also have named striker Andres Reyes, now at New York Red Bulls, as a Designated Player, while Beckham’s team has not made public any agreements that have led to underreporting of salaries for players Julian Carranza, Leandro González Pirez and Nicolas Figal.
Beckham’s franchise was subsequently fined £1.4 million for violating the rules on MLS transfer spending, while their allocated money for MLS transfers in 2022 and 2023 has been reduced to £2 million.
The investigation found owner Beckham was not guilty of any wrongdoing, but director Jorge Mas has been fined £176,000, while former football director Paul McDonough – who was sacked in December – has been banned from football for two years.