Soccer star Lionel Messi has ignited America’s futbol fever. The craze for tickets and merch inspired by the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s debut this summer for Florida team Inter Miami has been dubbed Messi Mania—and from the looks of his most recent investment, the 36-year-old is putting down roots in the area. Messi just purchased a 10-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bathroom estate in Fort Lauderdale for $10.75 million.
The home is situated along a waterway in the gated community of Bay Colony and comes complete with a pool and a three-car garage. Images show a moody entryway covered in a dark wallpaper, but a decidedly brighter and more modern vibe is found throughout the rest of the abode. The open concept kitchen and living area feature recessed lighting, neutral-toned furnishings, and white walls, save for a standout black accent wall in the living space. Nearly floor-to-ceiling windows are featured in each room pictured. Though photos of every space in the dwelling have not been made public yet, an area that looks to be a sprawling primary suite boasts plenty of room for lounge seating, as well as a balcony.
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Despite its eight-figure price tag, the 10,500-square-foot property could be considered a modest option considering the kind of capital that the world-famous athlete is working with. He will reportedly bring in $50 and $60 million annually via his Inter Miami contract; his estimated net worth is $600 million. AD weighed in on potential best options for Messi during his house hunt and singled out a few pads that all eclipse his new Bay Colony abode in price by no small fraction. One Miami architect went as far as to mock up a cruise-like, over-the-top $50 million concept mansion for the forward. But even with his mind-boggling bank account and larger-than-life influence, it seems the native Argentinian is content with more understated trappings than the resort-style wonderland some had envisioned for him.
Samuel and Donna Simpkin of Team Simpkin at Compass Florida represented the Messi family in the transaction.