Argentina legend Lionel Messi has joined American side Inter Miami after his exit from French champions Paris St-Germain, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The former PSG forward rejected a more lucrative offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
The Miami deal includes collaboration from brands like Adidas and Apple.
Messi, 35, won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player seven times and is expected to win it later this year after World Cup success.
Messi, an iconic figure at Barcelona, is embarking on his first experience of playing outside of Europe.
Messi has also been linked with a return to Barcelona. But the LaLiga champions have had their hands tied due to the league’s financial fair play rules.
Messi will play in MLS. No more chances for Barcelona/Al Hilal despite trying to make it happen.
According to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, announced that Lionel Messi is set to disclose the details and reasoning behind his decision to join Inter Miami in the near future.
Deal will be valid with immediate effect as Jorge Messi is planning to travel to Miami later tonight.
🚨🚨 BREAKING: Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, here we go! The decision has been made and it will be announced by Leo in the next hours #InterMiami— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 7, 2023
🇺🇸 Messi will play in MLS. No more chances for Barcelona/Al Hilal despite trying to make it happen.
𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐖𝐄 𝐆𝐎#Messi #MLS pic.twitter.com/OTYWIlEzNc
Paris St-Germain won Ligue 1 in both his seasons at the club but went out in the Champions League last 16, which means his time in France was not seen as a huge success.
He netted 32 goals in 75 games for the club – and ended this season with 16 goals and 16 assists in Ligue 1.
Messi’s two-year contract comes to an end this summer and both parties agreed to go their separate ways, with the forward suspended for two weeks in May for an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia.
His legacy comes from his time at Barcelona and winning the World Cup with Argentina in December.
He left Barca in 2021, after 21 years with the club, because of the club’s financial problems.
Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Spanish Cups.
Messi will be playing outside Europe for the first time since he joined Barca’s academy at the age of 13.
Inter Miami is co-owned by former England captain David Beckham, who was one of the first major European stars to move to the United States to play in the MLS.