MESS-MERISING

LIONEL MESSI and wife Antonela Roccuzzo have spent £8.6 million on a Fort Launderdale mansion in Miami.

The Argentine superstar, 36, who now plays for MLS side Inter Miami, already boasts a £15m property portfolio in the American city, consisting of four luxury apartments.

But he is continuing to grow the number of houses he owns – and has now added a huge one to the list.

The estate agents closed the deal with Messi for the mansion on Monday.

The house comes with 170 feet of waterfront.

According to Forbes, it covers 10 500 in square-foot and consists of eight bedrooms, nine and a half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a pool.

There is also a spa, fitness room and TWO boat docks.

And it is close to Inter Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium.

Samuel and Donna Simpkin represented Messi in getting a deal over the line.

The South American was away on international duty with Argentina – where he bagged the winner in a 1-0 victory over Ecuador on Friday.

The purchase comes after Messi was recently spotted househunting with his family.

Messi has three sons with wife 35-year-old wife Antonela – Ciro, Thiago and Mateo.

Property taxes on the house are thought to be in the region of £67 000 per year.

The inside of the house is just as impressive as the outside.

There is plenty of unique decor as one room even includes a model of a sheep – which should surely be swapped out for a GOAT.

The is plenty of natural light in the house that comes through the big windows that will allow Messi to enjoy views of the water outside.

The walls and floors are also decorated with what is said to be “bespoke finishes that speak to the highest standards of luxury design”.

The area Messi has decided to buy in saw a community record purchase just two years ago when social media influencer Patrick Bet-David spent £16.31m on his own mansion.

The lucrative region in South Florida is set to play host to Messi and his family for at least the next two years after he signed a deal with Inter Miami until 2025.

The Barcelona legend’s new contract is thought to be worth between £40-48m per season.

Among his other Miami properties includes a 4 400-square-foot apartment in the exclusive Porsche Design Tower.

In addition, he also owns an entire floor of the Regalia Tower on Collins Avenue and TWO luxury units in the nearby Trump Royale tower. The Sun.

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