After lighting up the MLS with Inter Miami, Argentinian futbol great Lionel Messi has made a big move—this time, off the pitch.
The man widely considered soccer’s GOAT has found a home in South Florida, as he attempts to vault his new squad into the playoff race. Messi paid $10.8 million for his new waterfront compound in Fort Lauderdale.
The superstar signed with with Miami in July and has lifted the league to new levels of relevance worldwide. Now he has a place to chill when he’s not wearing his new team’s distinctive pink kit. The 10,400-square-foot, eight-bedroom dwelling is every bit as sleek and luxurious as you might expect.
Messi’s new home is filled with sparkling chandeliers, a cream and black color palette, and modern lines. The property is a part of the private neighborhood known as Bay Colony and sits on a cul-de-sac with 170 feet of water frontage.
Designed by Canadian interior decorator Lori Morris, the mansion abounds with upscale finishes and chic glamour. The enormous rooms feature plush textures, pops of gold, and lofty ceilings—even a 27-foot dome in the entryway.
The Italian kitchen alone is worthy of a magazine spread and includes luxe appliances, a gorgeous island, and high-end cabinetry. Each of the eight bedrooms is its own mini suite, offering privacy and luxury for family members and friends.
Among the home’s other swanky amenities are a fitness room/spa, an entertainment lounge, office space, and a fabulous 1,600-square-foot primary retreat. Outside, there are two docks for watercraft of any kind, plus a heated pool and a gorgeous, water-facing patio.
Messi, 36, made his name in Spain’s La Liga with FC Barcelona, where he scored 672 over 17 seasons. He’s suited up for the Argentina national team 198 times and scored an additional 119 goals in international play. After winning the World Cup with Argentina in 2022, Messi returned to the high-stakes world of European club soccer. A disappointing season in Paris led to rumors that he was ready to leave Europe behind and finish out his storied career in either the U.S. or Saudi Arabia.
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