The club, which is co-owned by David Beckham, are bottom of the Eastern Conference with 15 points from 16 matches. Messi reportedly wanted to stay in Europe for another season but it wasn’t meant to be.
A return to Barcelona seemingly didn’t materialise due to Financial Fair Play constraints. "I've made the decision that I am going to go to Miami," he said.
He said: "I really wanted, I was very excited to be able to return [to Barcelona], but after having experienced what I experienced and the exit I had, I did not want to be in the same situation again.”
Barcelona confirmed the club had presented Messi with a proposal, “President Laporta understood and respected Messi's decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subject to in recent years.”
It will be the first time Messi has played professionally for a club outside of Europe. Unarguably, the man has completed everything there is in football, broken all records and will now take a backseat to just enjoy the game.