Lionel Messi agreed to a contract in July that will keep him with MLS team Inter Miami through December 2025 in exchange for a salary of almost $60 million per year.
However, despite helping Miami go to the Open Cup final, winning another trophy, and scoring 11 goals in his first 11 games, it appears like Messi’s focus is firmly on the future.
According to Spanish media outlet El Nacional, the Argentinian maestro is due to say farewell to the team, co-owned by David Beckham, upon the expiration of his contract in 2025.
Lionel Messi is apparently planning to return home to his childhood team, team Atletico Newell’s Old Boys, rather than committing to another season with Inter Miami.
The 36-year-old has previously talked about playing for La Lepra once more in the Argentine Premiera Division after spending five years there in his youth.
In an interview in 2016, Lionel Messi said:
“My dream is to play at Newell’s but I don’t know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment.”
“I have a family and my children come first, and then me, I want them to grow up in a calm place, being able to enjoy life with security.”