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Lionel Messi’s $54 Million Arrival Leaves Inter Miami Player’s Wages Looking Like Peanuts: Full Team Salary List

Published 06/10/2023, 10:00 AM EDT

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Everyone wants to see Lionel Messi play his first game in the MLS. Coming into the league from Europe, the Argentinian shocked the soccer fraternity with this latest move. Although fans believed he would join Barcelona, the deal broke off, and the legend arrived on the shores of Miami. Of course, bringing him won’t necessarily be a cheap option. David Beckham offered Messi a striking deal, securing his future with the club. The salary package offered to the player is incredibly lucrative, including various bonuses and profit-sharing arrangements during his time in the USA. 

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Thus, considering his arrival, the salary disparities between Messi and the other MLS players are quite remarkable. Hence, what is the current salary of the Inter Miami players compared to Messi?

Difference between the salary of Lionel Messi and Inter Miami players


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Blowing the wage structure through the roof, to get world-class players, one needs to pay. According to Football. London, Messi will receive a salary of $54 million per season for four years. If he stays for the entire duration of his contract, the total amount would be a whopping $220 million.

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Therefore, here’s how he compares to the other players in the Inter Miami squad, like Josef Martinez and Rodolfo Pizzaro. According to the Miami Herald, here’s the complete list of all salaries of the players. 


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Lionel Messi$54,000,000
Josef Martinez$4,000,000
Rodolfo Pizarro$3,050,000
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez$935,004
DeAndre Yedlin$825,000
Jean Mota$750,000
Coco Jean$720,000
Sergiy Kryvstov$555,500
Leo Campana$550,000
Nick Marsman$474,996
Nico Stefanelli$400,000
Kamal Miller$375,000
Emerson Rodriguez$330,000
Drake Callender$300,000
Robert Taylor$276,000
Victor Ulloa$250,000
Franco Negri$225,000
Christopher McVey$219,000
Robbie Robinson$200,000
Dixon Arroyo$150,000
Ian Fray$110,000
Edison Azcona$89,716
Jake LaCava$85,444
Ryan Sailor$85,444
Felipe Valencia$85,444
Noah Allen$67,360
Shanyder Borgelin$67,360
Benjamin Cremaschi$67,360
CJ Dos Santos$67,360
Cole Jensen$67,360
Harvey Neville$67,360

Significantly, the difference is massive. If you compare this to the other top-paid MLS players, those players may feel disheartened to receive a substantially lower sum. Well, it’s Lionel Messi, after all! Currently, the Chicago Fire’s Xherdan Shaqiri earns $8.2 million. Likewise, Lorenzo Insigne of Toronto FC earns $7.5 million. Therefore, the difference is massive. On the other hand, there are other notable clauses in the contract. 


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Contract clauses for the legendary player

Negotiating a similar kind of deal to Michael Jordan, Messi would receive a cut of the revenue from Apple following new subscribers to their streaming platform. In addition, Adidas would give him a cut for all the sales regarding the MLS goes over. The deal is a wise one for Messi, which also includes a lot of other bonuses and allowances. 

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Despite all that, the franchise lies 15th in the Eastern Conference. They have a long way to go to make the playoffs, and Messi’s arrival would probably boost their chances. The Argentinian is here to stay, and hopefully, Messi will be crucial to their success. 


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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a senior sports writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for writing about soccer, NBA, and other American sports. He has published over 1500 articles to date, showcasing his creativity and engaging writing style that captivates his audience. As an ardent admirer of Arsenal, Jacob's soccer roots can be traced back to the legendary Thierry Henry.

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