Lionel Messi's Inter Miami wages 'revealed' and star will earn more than any NFL player

 After turning down millions from Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi is still set to make even more money than any NFL player next season after opting to join Inter Miami

Lionel Messi's Inter Miami wages 'revealed' and star will earn more than any NFL player

While he may have spurned the millions on offer from Saudi Arabia, it looks as though Lionel Messi should be alright financially.

Having decided to leave Paris Saint Germain at the end of the season, the legendary Argentine has opted to join MLS side Inter Miami, in a move that left the footballing world stunned.

As things currently stand, Inter Miami sit bottom of the Eastern Conference in MLS, having won just five out of their 17 games this term.

However, it seems as though the former Barcelona forward is going to be nicely compensated for opting to move to Miami in the near future.

According to Sports Business Journal, Messi's new American deal will see him earn between $50-60million (£39-47m) per year, which will see him make more money than any NFL player.

Additionally, alongside his annual salary and signing bonus, Messi will also receive equity in Inter Miami too. The Athletic have also reported the World Cup winner has been offered by MLS and Apple a share of the revenue generated by new subscribers to MLS Season Pass which could see Messi's American earning soar.

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is set to make around $45m (£35m) from his deal he signed back in 2020 while newly minted Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the only NFL star to come close to Messi's new earnings per year.

Jackson, who was embroiled in a long-term contract dispute with the side who drafted him back in 2018, inked a five-year $260m (£203m) deal back in May, with the 26-year-old set to make $52m (£40m) per season.

And Messi's move to the States is one that has Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas filled with gleeful delight. Speaking after the club announced Messi's intention to sign for them, Mas said: "It is a tremendous and unprecedented opportunity that we have ahead of us.

"All of us collectively will take the right steps to make sure to put this league in the hypergrowth that it deserves."
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