Lionel Messi has embraced Major League Soccer (MLS) with remarkable ease and is now making Florida his home, having acquired a lavish property.
Since his arrival at Inter Miami in the MLS, Messi’s performances have been nothing short of sensational, completely transforming the fortunes of David Beckham’s club.
The Argentine football legend made his debut on July 21, scoring a game-winning free-kick in injury time, showcasing his signature style. Subsequently, he has netted 11 goals in 11 appearances, secured Miami’s first-ever trophy – the Leagues Cup, reached the US Open Cup final, and lifted a team that hadn’t won in 11 matches before his arrival from the bottom of the Eastern Conference, reigniting hopes of playoff qualification.
Having seemingly adjusted seamlessly to life in a new league, the 36-year-old is now turning his attention to establishing roots in the area. He has reportedly found the ideal property for his family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at a price of £8.6 million ($9 million).
This magnificent Miami mansion boasts ten bedrooms, a swimming pool, a spa room, and not one, but two boat decks for leisurely rides down the adjacent river. Spanning 10,500 square feet, this superhome includes a three-car garage, allowing Messi a quick 15-minute commute to Inter Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium and training ground.
Messi’s contract with the club runs until 2025, coinciding with their move to a new 25,000-seat stadium outside Fort Lauderdale. However, whether Messi will grace the turf there himself remains uncertain.
Interestingly, even before finding a permanent residence, the Messi family has already invested £5.85 million in the area by acquiring the entire ninth floor of Regalia, an ultra-luxurious Florida condominium development in Sunny Isles Beach. This development is situated near Sea Ranch Lakes, where Messi’s former Barcelona teammate, Sergio Busquets, now resides.
Should Inter Miami become MLS champions this season, Messi’s waterfront mansion seems like the perfect venue for celebratory team gatherings.