If Lionel Messi Moves To The MLS All 29 Teams May Have To Pay His Salary

If Lionel Messi Moves To The MLS All 29 Teams May Have To Pay His Salary

March 29, 2023
Dom Challis

Following speculation and the way the MLS salary cap is structured, in what would be a socking turn of events, we may be seeing all 29 teams from the MLS chip in to pay Lionel Messi‘s wages if the World Cup winner decides to head to the United States.

Messi’s lucrative contract at Paris Saint-Germain runs out at the end of this season and if no extension is agreed between Messi and the Parisian club, the Argentina captain will be on the move as a free agent this summer. 

From a return to Barcelona or a shock move to Manchester United, we’ve been hearing all the rumoured destination spots for Messi, and interest from the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the States also remains. 

David Beckham’s co-owned Inter Miami club remains one of the MLS clubs that have publicly stated their interest in bringing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to the club.

However, with Messi’s current wages of around £1 million a week, this type of money would breach the MLS‘s financial restrictions and the salary cap structure, prohibiting Messi from signing. Although, one very creative solution to this issue has been reported.

It’s been reported that team owners from the MLS met six weeks ago and discussed the option that all 29 clubs jointly pay Messi‘s wages and allow the star to choose the club he wishes to play for.

The introduction of the well renowned GOAT would benefit everyone in the league when considering commercial and TV revenue, even though only one team would be improved on the pitch.

A move to America would allow Messi to enhance his own brand in a huge and relatively untapped market, and with the United States set to host the 2026 World Cup and the 2024 Cope America, the move would greatly benefit the country and their football fans as a whole. 

Messi turns 36 in June, he’s scored 18 goals in 32 appearances for PSG so far this season and while the club is seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1, we all know Messi’s true ambition is the UEFA Champions League.

However, following PSG’s underwhelming round of 16 exit this season, many are wondering whether PSG are as close to winning the Champions League as the club likes to think they are.

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