Soccer

Messi in Miami

By: Kirk Jackson

Lionel Messi is with Major League Soccer.

One of the biggest stories in the sports world, Messi signed with Inter Miami, and the agreement is worth up to $150 million over two-and-a-half years – before additional compensation from MLS partners Adidas and Apple.

Messi opted to move to MLS this summer rather than return to Barcelona or join other super stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Saudi Arabia.

The Miami pact is the latest in a career of blockbuster paydays on and off the field. By the end of 2025, Messi’s career earnings will reach an estimated $1.6 billion, including playing salaries, bonuses and endorsements.

Messi’s tally ranks among the five highest in the history of sports. When thinking of these high marks, consider guys like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Messi is in that category along with his contemporary Ronaldo.

Footage courtesy of SportsHD.

Club Statistics:

As of match played 3 June 2023.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupContinentalOtherTotal 
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals 
Barcelona C2003–04Tercera División105105 
Barcelona B2003–04Segunda División B5050 
2004–05Segunda División B176176 
Total226226 
Barcelona2004–05La Liga71101091 
2005–06La Liga176216100258 
2006–07La Liga261422513[c]03617 
2007–08La Liga281030964016 
2008–09La Liga3123861295138 
2009–10La Liga353431118445347 
2010–11La Liga3331771312235553 
2011–12La Liga3750731114566073 
2012–13La Liga324654118225060 
2013–14La Liga31286578204641 
2014–15La Liga38436513105758 
2015–16La Liga33265576444941 
2016–17La Liga343775911215254 
2017–18La Liga363464106215445 
2018–19La Liga3436531012105051 
2019–20La Liga33252283114431 
2020–21La Liga35305365104738 
Total52047480561491202922778672 
Paris Saint-Germain2021–22Ligue 126610753411 
2022–23Ligue 132161074114121 
Total582220149117532 
Inter Miami2023MLS00000000 
Career total61050782561631293023885715 
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List of Accomplishments:

Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain

Argentina U20

Argentina U23

Argentina

Individual

More in Depth List of Accomplishments/Accolades:

The list of accolades, accomplishments, overall goatness is unprecedented. It’s obvious as to why Inter Miami, MLS, any team or league would covet one of sport’s greatest athletes to ever grace competition.

The acquisition of such, only increases the value and prestige of the organization or company.

What’s Messi’s motivation to taking this route, traveling to the United States to play professionally?

For a man, who achieved the highest feats, amidst the greatest levels of competition internationally, icing the cake so to speak, leading Argentina to victory, capturing the World Cup last year, what else is there for Messi to do?… but to earn money?

Messi’s Miami deal is worth between $50 million and $60 million per year from his salary, signing bonus and equity in the team.

He earned more than $100 million a year in playing salary and bonuses while at Barcelona. His pre-tax salary at Paris Saint-Germain the past two seasons was roughly $70 million annually, including bonuses.

Some may argue money isn’t the motivating factor that swayed Messi to Miami over some of the other potentially lucrative options.

The Argentine suited offers from other clubs, other leagues, and potentially could have earned a reported $400 million a year to play in the Saudi Professional League.

But the move to Miami is the planting of the seed.

If Messi can continue raise and improve upon his universal profile, starting with the United States, it may benefit his bank account, due to the revenue-sharing deals and team equity component in his contract.

Credit to Sportico, they valued Inter Miami at $585 million last year, but the value may increase to $1 billion once its new stadium, Miami Freedom Park, opens in 2025.

Messi also has more than a dozen ongoing brand endorsements, with Adidas the most lucrative. Other partners include Budweiser, Mastercard, Pepsi, Saudi Arabia tourism and Socios. He’s likely to attract more endorsements as he continues his career in the states.

Not exactly sure what the end game is, but the future looks bright for the living legend and those associated with him.

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