Romeo Beckham turns down chance to play with Messi at father's club for this reason

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Romeo Beckham has made up his mind on playing with the greatest footballer in history in Miami or staying at Brentford

Recently, Romeo Beckham, son of football icon David Beckham, faced a decision that many aspiring footballers could only dream of—whether to play alongside Lionel Messi at Inter Miami or continue his development with Brentford.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The news of Lionel Messi's impending move to Inter Miami has sent shockwaves through the football world. After leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentina World Cup-winning captain agreed to join the struggling MLS franchise, owned by David Beckham and Jorge Mas. While the deal is yet to be officially signed, Messi's arrival in Miami is highly anticipated, as he prepares to embark on his first professional club match outside of Europe.

Romeo Beckham turns down chance to play with Messi at father's club for this reason Tim Clayton-Corbis

According to Marca, the deal is valued between $125 million and $150 million over its duration, which is estimated to be 2½ years, with an option for 2026. This comprehensive agreement includes salary, bonuses, and even equity in the team. The lucrative nature of the deal solidifies Messi's status as the highest-paid player in MLS, surpassing the current top earner, Xherdan Shaqiri of the Chicago Fire.

Sources suggest that Apple and Adidas are involved in the deal, aligning their interests with Messi's presence in MLS. Apple, which recently signed a 10-year, $2.5 billion deal with MLS, has produced a four-part docuseries focused on Messi's World Cup appearances, set to stream on Apple TV+.

Romeo Beckham's final choice

Romeo Beckham, the 20-year-old son of former England captain David Beckham, has been carving his own path in the footballing world. The 20-year-old has has followed in his famous father's footsteps in becoming a footballer and turned out 20 times for the Inter Miami's second string in 2022. That means on theory, he could soon be joining forces with Lionel Messi.

However, the possibility of Beckham and Messi sharing the field seems unlikely, as Romeo Beckham's focus remains on his development at his current club. In the past six months, he has been on loan with Brentford B, where he has been honing his abilities and gaining valuable experience.

Romeo Beckham turns down chance to play with Messi at father's club for this reason MB Media

Despite the allure of playing alongside one of football's greatest icons, Lionel Messi, at Inter Miami, Romeo Beckham has reportedly made the decision to snub the opportunity. Instead, he is inclined to stay with Brentford for the upcoming season, and the deal is 'almost done' and 'there are just a couple of financial aspects to be ironed out', reports Sportskeeda.

This choice means turning his back on a potential career in Major League Soccer (MLS) and missing out on the chance to share the field with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Crucial factor in Romeo's decision

Reports from The Mirror suggest that Romeo Beckham's decision to remain with Brentford is heavily influenced by personal factors, particularly his relationship with his girlfriend, Mia Regan. During his time in the United States playing for Inter Miami's reserve team, the couple faced challenges due to the long-distance nature of their relationship.

Romeo Beckham turns down chance to play with Messi at father's club for this reason David M. Benett

However, upon Romeo's return to the UK, they rekindled their romance, and their bond has reportedly grown stronger. Choosing to stay in London allows Beckham to prioritize his personal life and nurture his relationship with Mia. A source told The Mirror:

'While Romeo was off playing for Inter Miami, he and Mia both found the long-distance ­relationship difficult. Despite their best efforts, it really took its toll and they split up for a while. But when he returned to the UK on loan to Brentford they rekindled things, and things are going really well. So when Romeo got the offer to stay at Brentford he was thrilled.'

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