Lionel Messi’s $20.4m Inter Miami income exceeds payrolls of all but four MLS teams

  • Miami lead MLS in payroll with $41.7 on salaries
  • Argentinian also has estimated endorsements of $70m

Lionel Messi’s annualized pay from his MLS contract with Inter Miami is just over $20.4m in his first full season, exceeding the payrolls of all but four teams in the league.

Messi joined Inter Miami last summer and has a base salary of $10.4m and annualized compensation of $20,446,667, the MLS Players Association said on Thursday in its first salary release of 2024.

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Milan to MLS: Olivier Giroud to join LAFC on free transfer after Euros

  • Striker will reunite with former teammate Hugo Lloris
  • World Cup winner expected to play for France this summer

World Cup-winning French striker Olivier Giroud is signing with Los Angeles FC.

LAFC formally announced the long-anticipated move on Tuesday for the 37-year-old Giroud, who leaves Europe after 18 years in the top professional leagues in France, England and Italy. Giroud confirmed on Monday that he would leave Milan for an MLS club this summer.

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NYC FC coach Nick Cushing denies punching teenage Toronto FC player

  • TFC manager said Cushing ‘cornered’ unnamed 19-year-old
  • Clubs involved in post-match brawl on Saturday

New York City FC manager Nick Cushing has denied the allegation that he punched a Toronto FC player in March.

The allegation was made public over the weekend by Toronto manager John Herdman, who accused Cushing of punching an unnamed 19-year-old player at half-time of a game between the two teams earlier this season.

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Chaotic melee breaks out after NYCFC hold on to beat Toronto at BMO Field

  • Brawl follows New York City FC’s 3-2 win over Toronto FC
  • Matt Freese makes nine saves as hosts hang on for victory

Rookie Malachi Jones and Andrés Perea scored second-half goals and Matt Freese made nine saves as New York City FC held on for a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night with a brawl taking place after the final whistle at BMO Field.

A melee ensued after the match involving players from both sides. Toronto goalkeeper Sean Johnson, a former New York player, was in the middle of it – seemingly trying to play peacekeeper.

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14-year-old Cavan Sullivan signs record MLS deal that includes Man City move

  • Teenager considered future USMNT star
  • Expected to join City at 18 in pre-arranged transfer

Cavan Sullivan shrugs off words like prodigy, phenom or even wonderkid, all things he has been called at the age of just 14. But there’s no doubt Sullivan is talented. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Union formally announced that they’ve signed their academy prospect to a Homegrown contract that will eventually land him with Manchester City.

“I tend not to even listen to what they call me or what they say about me. It’s really just what I think of myself,” Sullivan said. “I don’t really listen to anyone, whether it’s good or bad. So it doesn’t really get to me whatsoever.”

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