Lionel Messi Completes Transfer to Inter Miami Bringing Excitement to MLS
The renowned Argentine footballer Lionel Messi has finalized his transfer to Inter Miami, committing to a contract that will see him in Florida until 2025, according to an announcement made by the Major League Soccer team on Saturday.
Messi, a recipient of the prestigious Ballon d'Or award seven times, will soon join the squad and occupy a franchise player position, as confirmed by the club.
In his own words, the 36-year-old expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "This presents a remarkable opportunity, and together, we will continue to develop this splendid project." Messi added, "Our objective is to work collectively, striving to accomplish the goals we have set. I eagerly anticipate contributing to this new home of mine."
Messi's much-anticipated debut is anticipated to take place next Saturday, when Inter Miami hosts Cruz Azul from Mexico in their Leagues Cup opener.
David Beckham, co-owner of the team, shared his delight, remarking, "I have always envisioned bringing the finest players in the world, individuals who possess the same ambition that I had when I joined the LA Galaxy, with the aim of nurturing football in the United States and establishing a lasting legacy in this beloved sport." He continued, "Today, that dream has become a reality. I couldn't be prouder that a player of Leo's caliber is joining our club. Additionally, I am thrilled to welcome a dear friend, an extraordinary individual, and his wonderful family to our Inter Miami community."
The inclusion of the World Cup winner is expected to significantly elevate the popularity of soccer in the United States, where the sport currently trails behind the major professional men's leagues in North America.
A formal introduction event for Messi is scheduled for Sunday, featuring entertainment and fan engagement at the DRV PNK Stadium. Furthermore, a press conference is planned for Monday, involving Messi and the Miami ownership.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber conveyed his elation, stating, "We are ecstatic that the greatest player in the world has chosen Inter Miami and MLS. His decision is a testament to the growing momentum and enthusiasm surrounding our league and the sport in North America. We firmly believe that Lionel will demonstrate to the world that MLS can be the preferred destination for the finest talents in the game."