Lionel Messi waves after being awarded the Golden Ball for best player at the Argentina vs. France World Cup final at Qatar's Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022.
Soccer superstar Lionel Messi has announced his plan to sign with Inter Miami CF.
Messi has chosen to join MLS over returning to Barcelona or accepting a lucrative offer in Saudi Arabia.
The Argentine player became a free agent after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.
Messi confirmed the move in interviews with Spanish publications Mundo Deportivo and Sport.
MLS expressed its pleasure at Messi's decision to join Inter Miami and the league.
Financial problems at Barcelona prevented Messi from reuniting with his former club.
Saudi Arabia offered Messi a reported $400 million a year to play at Al-Hilal.
Messi owns property in Miami and has expressed his desire to play in the United States.
The terms of Messi's agreement with Inter Miami are currently unclear, but he would likely earn the highest salary in MLS history.
Messi's arrival would be a significant signing for MLS, comparable to David Beckham's move to the LA Galaxy in 2007.