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The new FIFA World Club Cup sponsor that may help Messi and Inter Miami to play the tournament

Despite not qualifying on sporting merit, Inter Miami could attend the 2025 Club World Cup

Lionel Messi during a Leagues Cup match in 2023 with Inter Miami

According to the prestigious newspaper The New York Times, Apple is very close to reaching an agreement with FIFA for the technology company to acquire the worldwide broadcasting rights for the 2025 Club World Cup. This tournament will be played in the United States in the summer of 2025 and will be the first time that 32 clubs will participate in a month-long competition.

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Currently, Apple TV is an official sponsor of MLS and also has the broadcasting rights to the Leagues Cup, which was the tournament in which Messi was crowned champion for the first time with the Inter Miami team. According to the aforementioned source, the deal between Apple and FIFA could be announced as early as this month.

“The value of the deal might be as little as a quarter of the $4 billion FIFA had first estimated, the people said. It is unclear if the deal with Apple will include any free-to-air rights, meaning the entire event could be available only to subscribers of Apple TV+, a factor over which senior executives at FIFA have raised concerns” The New York Times detailed.

With this information, even more speculation has begun about the possible participation of Lionel Messi and Inter Miami in the tournament, as it is evident that the audience numbers would increase significantly with Messi participating in the tournament. Furthermore, although the Argentinean and his team failed to qualify on sporting merit, there is a rule that would allow them to attend the 2025 Club World Cup.

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Can Inter Miami play in the 2025 Club World Cup?

Although they failed to win the Concacaf Champions Cup, Lionel Messi's Inter Miami can still attend the 2025 Club World Cup. The reason is that, of the 32 teams that will compete, 31 will earn their place on sporting merit, while the remaining place will be awarded by invitation at the decision of the host country, in this case the United States. The rules dictate that the host country of the tournament can invite any team from its league and many assure that Inter Miami will receive that invitation.

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