In October of last year, Lionel Messi was awarded his 8th Golden Ball for being the best football player in the world in 2023. David Beckham, the President of CLB Inter Miami and a former Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG, and England player, had the honor of presenting Messi with the award. Interestingly, Beckham is also Messi’s current teammate at CLB Inter Miami and the two share a close relationship, often seen together at various events and gatherings within the football community. Messi’s win is particularly notable as he is the first player to receive the Golden Ball while playing for a team outside of Europe and holds nearly double the number of Golden Balls compared to the second-place winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five.
Shortly after Messi was awarded his 8th Golden Ball, CLB Inter Miami announced the sale of tickets for a friendly match called ‘Noche d’Or’ to be played at the DRV PNK field in 2023. The response was overwhelming, with all 21,000 tickets selling out almost immediately. The level of excitement around this game is comparable to that of MLS Cup championship matches. The MLS Moves website, which covers American football, noted that even ticket sales were reminiscent of Inter Miami’s highly productive playoff matches.
Following his brief stay in Paris, Messi returned to Inter Miami and immediately got back to work preparing for his next match. At 38 years old and with a lucrative income, Messi has earned the right to enjoy life without worrying about finances. He recently purchased a $10.75 million property near the stadium of his beloved Miami football team, demonstrating his commitment to the club and the city.
Football superstar has recently acquired a new home in Fort Lauderdale that boasts an impressive 10 bedrooms, a spa room, two marinas, and a swimming pool. It is the fourth property of this mega star in Miami and is situated along the riverbanks. Initially built in 1988, this two-story house was once owned by John and Stacy Dickerson. Reports say that the real estate deal was made through a company linked to Alfonso Nebot Armisen who is said to be the investment manager of the football legend.
This property is simply perfect for young families, with its lavish amenities and stunning surroundings situated right next to a 170-meter-long riverbank. The house covers an impressive area of 10,500 square meters and boasts a luxurious pool as well as breathtaking views of the clear blue river water. You’ll also find a spacious three-car garage, a state-of-the-art Italian kitchen, and even an exercise area for staying in top shape, just like a football legend.
The sale listing of the house reveals that it has an impressive entrance with double doors. Once you enter, you will be in awe of the design masterpiece achieved by Lori Morris. The entire house features porcelain floor tiles, mainly in classic black and white shades, which accentuate the warm tones of metal and gems to create an inviting space.
Lionel Messi is required to pay an annual tax of £67,000 for his newly acquired property. The interior of his mansion is just as impressive as the exterior, with tasteful decorations and even a room adorned with a sheep model, which fans have jokingly suggested be replaced with a goat, symbolizing the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) that Messi is considered to be in the world of soccer. The villa is filled with natural light streaming in through large windows, and the walls and floors are decorated to meet Messi’s exacting standards of luxury design. In addition to this property, Messi also owns several other properties in the United States, including a 4,400 square meter apartment at the Porsche Design Tower, a full floor at Regalia Tower on Collins Avenue, and two luxurious apartments at the nearby Trump Royale Tower.