Messi and Miami, two names that seem to match themselves, will do so from next month when the Argentina national team captain joins local team Inter in a surprise move after confirming his departure from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
In fact, “La Pulga” rejected the offer of Arab soccer, choosing this experience in Major League Soccer – the most lush – and the possibility of returning to Barcelona – the closest to his heart – in which the United States still has There are teams and from Canada. As of September 2021, the club’s owners, which are in last place in the Eastern Conference standings, are brothers Jorge (son) and José Mas Canosa, son of Jorge Mas Canosa, a staunch anti-Castro, ideologue of attacks on hotels in Havana, and Disappeared in 1997. The two bought out the shares of Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure and Japanese Masayoshi Son to hold a total of 48%. David Beckham, English football legend and former Los Angeles Galaxy player, got 10%.
The Mas Canosa family, members of the Cuban American Association, are linked to the strong pro-blockade lobby on the island, and support Miami as a center of power for the exiles. In fact, Jorge Mas Canosa participated in the 1961 invasion of Playa Girón, which was organized by the Kennedy administration, and which failed miserably.
The children, now dedicated to the football business, are supported by the family business, the MasTec manufacturing company, which expanded into the millions in 1992 following the devastating consequences of Hurricane Katrina, which primarily affected the state of Florida. MasTec then moved into the oil and gas business, in which it is currently engaged.
After buying a majority stake, Mas Canosa considered having Messi before 2025, but they were 2 years away. Now they need to build a stadium with more capacity, which will be called “Miami Freedom Park”. So far, they only have a “temporary” court, which the public can enter without restriction.
Many have linked the investment involved in bringing Messi into Major League Soccer, along with the fact that the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico, will host the next World Cup in 2026, with a new and ambitious format of 48 teams. I will play More than 80 sports in total: A great deal in terms of broadcast rights. As reported, Messi will earn $40 million per season, in a 3-season contract, renewable annually. But it doesn’t stop there: it includes a buyout option for 5% of the club (Messi could be a shareholder and player) and a share of the proceeds from new subscribers to the Apple TV+ streaming service. Tickets to watch Inter have increased by no less than 1000% since the footballer’s arrival was announced, with some reaching up to $9,000.