New pictures of his mansion have offered a never-before-seen glimpse into Lionel Messi’s new life in Florida.
The World Cup winner is currently enjoying off season, but signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Inter Miami over summer 2023.
Worth $50-60 million a season, Lionel Messi’s contract with David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise saw him settle cross the Atlantic.
But it’s not the most valuable athletic contract signed last year, with Shohei Otani breaking records.
Messi’s was just one of many high profile moves in the soccer world during 2023 – with Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Saudi Arabia.
In the world of golf, Jon Rahm also made the move for LIV Golf.
Messi spent several months acclimatizing with wife, Antonella, in a $9 million apartment seconds away from Golden Beach.
However, purchasing this sprawling $10.75m estate in Fort Lauderdale in September is proof Lionel Messi’s finally settled in the Sunshine State.
He actually outbid streamer, Adin Ross, for the Miami mansion.
The lavish 10,500 square-foot family home sits within the gated community at Bay Colony.
A part of north Fort Lauderdale’s floating neighborhoods, it has a whopping 10 bedrooms – one of which has a balcony.
It also boasts a fitness and spa room, Italian kitchen, two boat docks, and a swimming pool at the water’s edge of South Florida’s canals.
When it comes to work, it’s only a 15-minute drive from Inter Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium and training base.
Entrepreneur and podcaster, Patrick Bet-David, recently revealed his own mansion in the same neighborhood is now worth a staggering $25 million more since Messi moved in next door.
“So far right now, according to today’s climate, I’ve already made $25 million of equity on the house I own,” he told VladTV in December.
“Messi just moved right next to my house. Everybody wants to be in our community.
“It’s a gated community on an island with only one way to go, very safe, very protected. God willing it still is.
“Now that Messi is there everybody is fricking coming on their boats to look at the houses. We’re doing okay.”
Messi bought the property with the help of Team Simpkin.
They have helped players at the MLS club buy properties since it was founded in 2018.
Midfielder teammate who followed Messi to the US, Sergio Busquets, is reported to have recently paid around $9 million for a nearby waterfront home in Sea Ranch Lakes.