The character behind Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami

Jorge Mas, owner of Real Zaragoza, is a key figure in Lionel Messi’s move to the US to play football.

Jorge Mas (left) helps Inter Miami successfully recruit Messi. Photo: Reuters.

David Beckham is the co-founder and face of Inter Miami. However, Jorge Mas is the most powerful figure of this team . According to Mundo Deportivo, this man was behind pulling the strings and played a key role in signing Messi.

Jorge Mas dreamed of signing Messi for a long time. With Leo expressing his desire to “one day live and play in the MLS” , the North American tycoon took advantage of the opportunity and quickly convinced the 2022 World Cup champion.

Mas serves as the chairman and majority shareholder of Mas Tec, a construction and engineering giant based in Miami. He and his brother Jose inherited the empire built by their father, businessman Jorge Mas Canosa, a Cuban who immigrated to the US in 1960. Their wealth makes them stand out on the list of the richest people in the world, according to Forbes.

His love for the king sport brought Mas into the world of football. He acquired a majority stake in  Inter Miami several years ago. The ambition of this construction entrepreneur does not stop there. In 2022, Mas took control of Real Zaragoza after buying a 51% stake in the team. As president, Mas helps the club manage to settle its debts even though they have yet to win promotion to La Liga.

This summer, Messi did not return to Barcelona after his contract with PSG expired. The Argentine superstar  does not believe that Barca can bring him back to Camp Nou . “El Pulga” is concerned that the old team will once again break its promise, like what President Joan Laporta did to him two years ago.

Saudi Arabia also sent an offer with a salary of up to 1 billion euros for two seasons, but Leo was not interested. Instead, he chose Inter Miami. The club owned by David Beckham will pay Messi a salary of 50 million euros per season, accompanied by extra provisions that allow the Argentine superstar’s income to increase significantly.

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