Argentine football legend Lionel Messi has completed his signing for Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer side announced on Saturday. The deal secures his presence in Florida until 2025. The club stated that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will join the team in the upcoming days. Also Messi will occupy a franchise player spot. Messi, 36, expressed his excitement about the opportunity. Messi stated, “This is a great opportunity, and together we will continue to build this beautiful project. The idea is to work together to achieve the goals we set ourselves. I’m really looking forward to being able to start helping here in my new home.”
Messi is set to make his Inter Miami debut next Saturday . On saturday Miami hosts Mexico’s Cruz Azul in their Leagues Cup opener. Co-owner David Beckham shared his delight. Beckam said, “I dreamed of bringing the best players in the world, players with the same ambition I had when I came to the LA Galaxy to help grow football in the United States and build a legacy in this sport we love so much.
Today that dream has become a reality. I couldn’t be prouder that a player of Leo’s caliber is coming to our club, but I am also thrilled to welcome a good friend, an incredible person, and his beautiful family to our Inter Miami community.”
World Cup winner
Having the World Cup winner on board promises to be a significant boost for soccer in the US,where the sport trails in popularity behind other major North American men’s professional leagues. On Sunday, there will be an official introduction of Messi during an entertainment event with fans at DRV PNK Stadium. Additionally, a formal press conference is scheduled for Monday, where Messi and Miami ownership will be featured.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed joy, stating, “The fact that the greatest player in the world chose Inter Miami and MLS fills us with overjoy.” His decision is a testament to the momentum and energy behind our League and our sport in North America. We have no doubt that Lionel will show the world that MLS can be a League of Choice for the best players in the game.”