Basketball is still bigger than football!

Lionel Messi’s arrival in MLS has attracted everyone’s attention. Following the announcement of the decision to select Inter Miami as a new destination, soccer fans in the United States are looking forward to seeing him during domestic competitions and the League Cup. And although Messi turned down a nine-figure salary for Al Hilal Arabi, things don’t look bad at Jorge Mas and David Beckham’s team.

According to Fox Soccer, Lionel Messi is set to become the fifth highest paid athlete in the United States. Taking into account the top 5 sports in the United States, the Argentine superstar’s salary would be only less than four NBA stars, while more than any player in the American Football League and Major League Baseball.

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves remain the year’s highest-paid players with $56.1 million each, followed by Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and four-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors with 54.5 million and 53.8 million dollars took the third and fourth place. And then in fifth place will be Lionel Messi’s annual salary, which is expected to be $53.7 million.

In addition to Al-Hilal, the current World Cup champion also had an offer from Barcelona, but explained that his decision to choose Intermiami was not based on money or old feelings. Lionel Messi said he wanted to be away from the spotlight of European football and spend more time with his family, and he can get those things in MLS with Intermiami.

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