Lionel Messi, the global soccer icon, has recently bought a lavish estate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for $10.75 million. The 36-year-old star, who joined Inter Miami CF this summer after winning the World Cup in Qatar last year, has chosen Bay Colony as his new home, a gated island community with about 100 waterfront mansions.
Bay Colony is known for its privacy, security, and boating amenities, attracting wealthy and famous residents who value these features. According to Zillow, the average price for a home in the area is $4.6 million. Messi’s new property, which he bought with his wife, model Antonela Roccuzzo, spans nearly 10,500 square feet and has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a pool, a spa, and a dock.
Messi’s arrival in Miami has sparked a frenzy among soccer fans and real estate observers alike, who are curious about his impact on the sport and the market. Chad Carroll with the Carroll Group at Compass, who specializes in luxury properties in South Florida, said that Messi’s purchase will bring more attention and prestige to Bay Colony, which is already one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city.
A buyer with a massive international following is a magnet for attention, and ever since the news broke that Messi was house hunting in Fort Lauderdale and then closed on a home in Bay Colony, all eyes have been on the area,” he said. “A new high-profile neighbor like Messi will up the ante for the neighborhood, which is already one of the most exclusive in the city
Samuel and Donna Simpkin of Compass’s Team Simpkin, who represented Messi and Roccuzzo in the transaction and are the exclusive real estate agents for the Inter Miami CF, said that Messi was looking for a home that would offer him comfort, privacy, and convenience. “He wanted a place where he could relax with his family and enjoy the Florida lifestyle,” they said. “He also wanted to be close to his team’s stadium and training facilities.” The Simpkins said that Messi was very happy with his purchase and that he was looking forward to settling in his new home and playing for his new team.
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