Inter Miami lands Lionel Messi: Barcelona missing out on the superstar saves the team from its worst impulses
Lionel Messi has saved Barcelona from themselves. The Argentine superstar picked the guarantees that Inter Miami and MLS (with some help from Apple and Adidas) could give him as opposed to hoping that things could work out for him to return to Barcelona. Barca are riding a high after unseating Real Madrid for La Liga, but the club needs to reload for a Champions League run next season while also ensuring that their talented young players are all there next season. That's something that wouldn't have been possible if they spent all summer trying to find the financial flexibility to get their one time talisman to fit in under La Liga rules.
Club president Joan Laporta didn't take well to Messi's move to Miami as Barcelona released a statement saying, "On Monday June 5 Jorge Messi, the player's father and representative, informed Club President Joan Laporta of the player's decision to join Inter Miami, despite having been presented with a proposal from Bara, in consideration of the desire of both FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi for him to once again wear blaugrana.