Inside Lionel Messi’s luxurious Miami holiday with Barcelona future unresolved

Lionel Messi has experienced some of the biggest moments in his career over the past few weeks.

Messi’s lack of international honours was often used as a stick with which to beat him; until nine days ago, he only had an Olympic gold medal to his name with Argentina.

The Copa America had eluded him, with Argentina’s last win coming in 1993, until a 1-0 victory over rivals Brazil at the Maracana put an end to that unsuccessful run.

Just days later, while still basking in the glory of winning South America’s premier competition on enemy soil for the first time in 28 years, came developments in his club career.

Messi’s contract with Barcelona ended on June 30, turning him into the most high-profile free agent in the history of football.

Messi and his family have enjoyed a break in Miami since his Copa America win in Brazil
(Image: @leomessi / Instagram)

With Barcelona going through financial turmoil, there were no guarantees Messi would be able to stay with the club he has served for 21 years.

Yet last week, reports came that Messi had agreed a fresh five-year deal with Barca, who have kept their most prized possession tied down after he took a 50 per cent pay cut.

That contract is yet to be made official due to Barcelona’s pressing need to offload players and meet La Liga’s salary cap, but all in all it has been a good period of Messi’s life.

The fact it has played out while he has been on holiday with his family in Miami has surely served to make things all the sweeter for the 34-year-old.

Messi has taken the chance to relax ahead of the 2021/22 season with Barcelona

Messi has frequently spoken of his love of the United States – and Florida in particular – and he has used his time off to visit once more.

As you would expect for one of the world’s most famous sports stars, his accommodation is pretty eye-catching.

Messi, his wife Antonella and their children are reportedly staying in Key Biscayne near Miami where they are renting a luxury house.

The state-of-the-art home has four stories with five bedrooms and five bathrooms and an “infinity” pool and costs £146,000 ($200,000) a month.

It features 8,202 square feet of living space along with a rooftop terrace, a gym, a games room and several 75inch smart TVs.

Messi’s stay in Florida has not all been peace and quiet by the pool, though.

The Argentina forward was mobbed by adoring fans when he tried to go out to eat at a restaurant called Cafe Ragazzi, which is owned by Argentinian-Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner, on Thursday evening.

The family have also visited the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, which takes the unmistakable shape of a giant guitar.

Messi might not have to rent a place to stay next time he comes to Florida, because according to Cadena SER, he bought a £7.25m luxury apartment earlier this year.

His love affair with the country has led to plenty of speculation that he could finish his career with a stint in MLS – something he has addressed himself.

“I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States and experiencing what the league there is like,” he told La Sexta in December.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise have tried to convince Messi to conclude his distinguished career with them, so this might not be the last Florida sees of Messi.

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