World Cup 2022 and market, Messi and Inter Miami between news and denials

The 35-year-old PSG striker approached the Mls franchise

Lionel Messi is not in talks to seal a move to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami at the end of the season. This was stated by the representative of the Argentine striker from Paris Saint-German. Reports emerged on Sunday that the Argentine, a star at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was close to a deal to fly to the United States after his contract with PSG expires next year. Such a move would give a huge boost to sports in North America ahead of the World Cup in 2026, to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Messi’s rep Marcelo Mendez has denied the “fake news” and clarified that there are no ongoing discussions. “It’s fake, it’s fake news. There are no negotiations for Lionel to join Inter Miami next season,” Mendez told CNN.

Messi is currently focused on guiding Argentina to World Cup success in Qatar, having scored in both of his side’s games so far, including the opening goal in a decisive win against Mexico on Saturday. Argentina take on Poland on Wednesday: a victory would ensure the seleccion a place in the knockout stages. A draw would be enough if Saudi Arabia and Mexico finish level in their other Group C match.