Lionel Messi agrees ‘a new deal at Barcelona’ that will see him spend two seasons with David Beckham’s Inter Miami side… before returning to the Nou Camp as a ‘global ambassador’
- Lionel Messi is reportedly close to a new 10-year contract with Barcelona
- He will spend two more years at the Nou Camp before joining Inter Miami
- The 33-year-old will go on to play for David Beckham’s MLS side for two seasons
- Deal sees Messi return to Barcelona in global ambassadorship position
Lionel Messi is believed to have signed a new deal with Barcelona that will see him join David Beckham’s Inter Miami side for two years.
The Barcelona icon was on the brink of leaving the club last summer and his future is once again uncertain with a contract to extend his time at the Nou Camp, which has yet to be finalized.
However, according to Sport, a new deal is close, and he will spend two more seasons at Barcelona before moving to America to shine for Beckham’s club.
Lionel Messi is believed to have agreed a 10-year contract to secure his future at Barcelona Barcelona
The Argentine icon will spend two seasons with David Beckham’s Inter Miami side as part of the deal
Messi will reportedly spend two seasons in Miami before returning to Spain and becoming a strategic partner at Barcelona with an off-the-field role as part of the 10-year deal, such as a global ambassador.
The 33-year-old will receive a significant pay cut in the new contract, but the broad nature of the deal seems to have convinced him enough to re-link his future with Barcelona.
Messi hinted at the nature of the deal earlier this year when he expressed his desire to play elsewhere while still maintaining his ties to the club where he made his debut in 2003.
“My plan is to give everything I can for the club right now,” Messi told Spanish TV channel La Sexta.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently revealed he was sure Messi would stay
“I would love to play in the United States and experience life and competition there, but eventually return to Barcelona somehow.
“I don’t think too far ahead in the short term and just want to see how the season ends.”
Barcelona’s dire financial situation means spreading the cost of the contract over the ten years of the deal makes a deal more viable.
The free transfer of Messi’s friend and international team-mate Sergio Aguero may also have been a boost as the Barcelona captain considered his next move.
Messi spoke a few months ago about his desire to one day play in the MLS – he is pictured with Beckham before a Champions League match against PSG in 2013
Joan Laporta was elected club president earlier this year and pledged to secure Messi’s future, and he insisted last week that he was sure he would convince the talisman to stay.
“Leo certainly earns more and could earn more elsewhere, but his wish is to make Barca great,” said Laporta.
“I’m sure he appreciates the effort we’re making, and I think he’s excited and motivated by the project we’re building.
“For Leo, it’s not about money, it’s about the team and the chances of winning. Leo wants to feel comfortable, to feel appreciated. And then to win.’