Football legend Lionel Messi, in an extravagant spectacle, was unveiled as the latest addition to Inter Miami in front of a jam-packed audience at the DRV PNK Stadium. This historic moment in Major League Soccer (MLS) comes as Messi chooses the U.S. for the next stage of his already illustrious career.
The Grand Unveiling
The anticipation for Messi’s official presentation reached fever pitch with an astounding 20,000 spectators braving inclement weather to witness the unveiling. The 36-year-old Argentine forward, dressed in a number 10 shirt, was introduced as “America’s number 10, the world’s best number 10,” stepping onto the pitch via an immense catwalk. Amid cheers and applause, Messi expressed his gratitude in Spanish, reaffirming his unchanging passion for the sport.
Tom Brady and Stephen Curry, champions of the NFL and NBA respectively, extended their welcome in video messages, underlining the far-reaching impact of Messi’s signing. Messi was undeniably eager to join the league, stating, “I really want to start training, to compete… I am very happy to have chosen to come to play in this city with my family, to choose this project and I have no doubt that we are going to enjoy it a lot.”
A New Chapter in Messi’s Career
After leading Argentina to a World Cup victory and leaving Paris St-Germain as the French champions, Messi chose the MLS over numerous lucrative offers, turning a new page in his career. Reuniting with former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets and former Barca and Argentina boss Gerardo Martino, Messi’s arrival at Miami promises an electrifying change for the club.
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham and primary owner, American billionaire Jorge Mas, expressed their pride and excitement. Beckham described Messi’s arrival as a “dream come true,” while Mas hailed Messi as “the best player ever to don boots.” Their enthusiasm mirrored the energy in the stadium and the wider soccer community.
Inter Miami, currently struggling with an 11-game losing streak and last place in the MLS, hopes Messi’s inclusion will catalyze a turnaround. As Messi prepares for his debut against LIGA MX side Cruz Azul on July 21 in the opening match of the Leagues Cup, expectations are sky-high. Messi confidently addressed the situation, stating, “We are going to have a good time and very good things are going to happen.”
Messi’s arrival in Miami marks a significant milestone not only for the club but also for the American soccer scene. It serves as a testament to the growing prominence of the MLS on the global stage, with Messi’s commitment to Inter Miami surely marking a new era for American soccer.