Lionel Messi and Inter Miami are close to a deal that would make him the highest-paid MLS player.
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During the 2022 World Cup, social media users and media outlets claimed that Lionel Messi and Inter Miami are close to a deal to make him the highest-paid MLS player ever.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.
No official sports media outlets reported such a claim.
Lionel Messi’s Representative Denied the Claim
Lionel Messi's agent denied that the PSG forward was close to signing with MLS after the World Cup.
"It’s false, it’s fake news. There is no negotiation for Lionel to join Inter Miami next season," Messi’s representative, Marcelo Méndez, said in a statement to CNN.
The Argentina captain is in the final year of his contract with PSG and is now representing his nation in Qatar at what is probably going to be his final World Cup.
Messi is expected to depart PSG at the conclusion of the current Ligue 1 season, according to The Times, with the iconic Barcelona player available for purchase.
Messi's move was apparently expected to help Inter Miami, which is co-owned by David Beckham and managed by Phil Neville.
Inter Miami Is an MLS Football Club
Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league in the United States that is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
The league has 29 clubs, with 26 from the United States and three from Canada.
The "Club Internacional de Futebol Miami," also known as Inter Miami CF, is an American professional soccer club based in the Miami metropolitan area.
The team, which was founded in 2018, will make its Major League Soccer (MLS) debut in the 2020 season.
Misinformation Targets Lionel Messi
The claim circulates as Qatar hosts the 22nd FIFA World Cup.
The competition kicked off on November 20 and will continue until December 18.
Misbar has previously addressed claims falsely attributed to Lionel Messi during the 2022 World Cup.