The base salary of Argentine striker for North American Major League Soccer (MLS) club Inter Miami, Lionel Messi, is $12 million, and he will receive an additional $20.45 million as guaranteed severance pay. This was reported on the MLS players union website.
Along with Messi at Inter Miami are his former partners at Spanish FC Barcelona, defender Jordi Alba and midfielder Sergio Busquets. Alba’s base salary is $1 million and guaranteed compensation is $1.25 million. Busquets will receive $1.5 million in base salary and $1.775 million in compensation.
Messi moved to Inter Miami in June after two seasons with French club Paris Saint-Germain. For Inter Miami he played 13 games in all competitions, scored 11 goals and provided 5 assists. Together with him, Inter Miami, founded in 2018, won the first trophy in history – the Leagues Cup.
Messi is 36 years old and holds the record for most trophies with 44 titles. From 2003 to 2021, Messi played for Barcelona, where the striker became Spanish champion ten times, won the Spanish Super Cup eight times, the Spanish Cup seven times, won the Champions League four times, won the UEFA Super Cup and the club championship three times each. In 2021, Messi received the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time – an award given to the best player of the year. In 2021-2023, as part of PSG, the Argentine became the French champion twice and won the country’s Super Cup once. Messi is the top scorer in the history of the Argentine national team, together with the national team he became the world champion (2022), winner of the Finalissima (2022), the Copa America (2021) and the Olympic Games (2008). and the World Youth Championship (2005).