I’m being sacked by David Beckham’s Inter Miami just days after Lionel Messi’s deal – my departure is a bit strange

INTER MIAMI star Rodolfo Pizarro has opened up about the “strange” MLS rules which mean he is unlikely to play alongside Lionel Messi.

Messi is expected to become an official Inter Miami player on Wednesday as he completes his free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi's arrival at Inter Miami is bad news for one of their current stars


Lionel Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami is bad news for one of their current starsPhoto credit: AP
Rodolfo Pizarro should make room for the newcomers


Rodolfo Pizarro should make room for the newcomersPhoto credit: Twitter @Jarm21

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner confirmed last month that he had agreed to a move to the MLS.

Messi has reportedly been offered nearly £300M a year to move to Saudi Arabia, but Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain will still be getting a whopping salary in the US.

Messi’s deal is reportedly set to increase to a whopping $150m (£119.34m) over the course of his two-and-a-half-year contract with the MLS side.

That equates to around £918,000 a week – and unbelievably £90.70 a minute!

Before the deal became official, co-owner David Beckham revealed how he went about the mega deal.

His former Barcelona team-mate Sergio Busquets has also been included in Inter’s squad.

However, to make room for the new foreign players, MLS rules dictate that Inter must part ways with one of their designated players in order to register them.

And Mexican Pizarro, who is in the final year of his contract, is likely to be the man to make way.


The 29-year-old forward knows new Miami coach Tata Martino well, having played under him for his country.

But his one assist and no goal in 12 appearances this season may not have been enough to give him a golden opportunity to play alongside the two legends.

And Pizarro, the club’s current highest-earning player, has not hidden his anger at the news that he is likely to be called up, claiming he didn’t even know it could happen without his approval.

He said: “It’s difficult. Since I have a contract, I didn’t know that I could be substituted.

“It’s a bit strange, it’s happened to a lot of teammates who are there one day and not the next. I think it’s the only league in the world that does that.”

“Yeah, it’s weird, but those are the rules and you have to abide by them.”

On Martino, Pizarro added: “Yes, I would have liked to have been with him.

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“And most importantly, it leaves me in bad taste because I haven’t responded to all the trust that the team owners have put in me.”

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