Why Apple is at the heart of Lionel Messi’s latest transfer?


  • Lionel Messi has just signed for Inter Miami, a club playing in Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • His contract includes a percentage of the revenue made by Apple for the broadcast of this championship on its streaming platform.
  • The service will also offer a documentary series dedicated to the football legend

Lionel Messi has just formalized his arrival at Inter Miami, an MLS club owned by David Beckham. This deal of 50 million dollars per year is already very impressive. But according to the information of the site The Atlanticit includes clauses including other sources of income.

Apple is thus quoted in this contract which could prove to be very lucrative for the recent world champion. Indeed, we know that the Apple brand is the broadcaster of the MLS for the next ten years in exchange for 2.5 billion dollars.

A series on Messi on Apple TV+

However, our colleagues indicate that the Argentinian will pocket a part (unspecified) of the income generated by the new subscribers of the MLS Season Pass, the package allowing to watch the matches of the American championship.

And this budding union between Lionel Messi and the apple brand does not stop there. We learned that a documentary series will soon be dedicated to him on Apple TV +. For now, no release date is yet known but it should be in the coming weeks.

The filming of this four-part production took place during the last 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which ended with victory for Argentina. The Cupertino firm promises us an intimate documentary that highlights the rare (but impactful) speeches of Lionel Messi.

To carry out this mission, the streaming service trusted Tim Pastore, a filmmaker who is far from a beginner, and who has already won an Emmy Award for Free Solo And jane.

Finally, remember that when he signed for PSG, Lionel Messi’s contract already included some rather surprising clauses. We remember in particular that the Argentinian had agreed to receive part of the amount of his contract in digital tokens.

It should indeed be known that the PSG has had its own cryptocurrency since January 2020. At the time, the part paid in crypto had not however been revealed, but the club had nevertheless specified that it was an amount  » important « without further comment.


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