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Messi snubs $400m Saudi Arabia deal to join Inter Miami

LIONEL Messi has reportedly agreed to join Major League Soccer side Inter Miami after turning down a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia.

The BBC reported today that the 35-year-old Argentina captain will join the American team co-owned by former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham.

Messi had been offered a deal worth a staggering $400m per year by Saudi Arabia Pro League club Al Hilal, according to reports, but he is now set to take his glittering career to the United States of America after leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.

The Inter Miami deal is believed to include support from Apple and Adidas, with talks between Messi and the MLS side said to have been ongoing for almost two years.

The record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who captained Argentina to the World Cup title in Qatar last December, will be playing outside of Europe for the first time.

He began his professional career at Barcelona, where he spent 15 successful years, won 33 major trophies and became their record top scorer with 672 goals and 303 assists in 778 appearances.

He joined PSG in 2021 and won two Ligue 1 trophies with the French champions, 32 goals and 35 assists in 75 games.

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