Inter Miami CF has made a sensational acquisition by signing Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, to their roster. The 36-year-old forward’s contract will extend until 2025 and marks a significant milestone for both the player and the club. Messi’s move to Inter Miami comes after reported offers from Saudi club Al Hilal, as well as speculation about a potential return to his former team, Barcelona.
Expressing his enthusiasm for this new chapter in his career, Messi stated in a club statement, “I’m very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States. This is a fantastic opportunity, and together we will continue to build this beautiful project.” He further expressed his eagerness to contribute to the club’s objectives and make a positive impact in his new home.
David Beckham, Inter Miami CF’s co-owner and former football legend, expressed his delight at Messi’s arrival, referring to him as a “good friend” and an “amazing person.” Beckham, who envisioned bringing the world’s greatest players to Miami when he started the team a decade ago, called the realization of this dream a significant moment. He added, “I couldn’t be prouder that a player of Leo’s calibre is joining our club.”
The signing of Messi comes at a crucial time for Inter Miami CF, as they strive to climb the ranks in the MLS. Currently at the bottom of the 15-team Eastern Conference, the team has struggled this season, with only five wins from 16 matches. Messi’s arrival injects fresh talent and immense experience into the squad, which is expected to boost their performance and help them turn the tide.
Messi’s availability for selection will commence on July 21, coinciding with Inter Miami CF’s match against Mexican side Cruz Azul. This match marks the opening game of the Leagues Cup, a new tournament that sees the MLS and LIGA MX, the top division in Mexico, pause their respective league seasons from July 21 to August 19 to determine the three clubs that will qualify for the 2024 CONCAF Champions Cup.
Inter Miami CF Managing Owner Jorge Mas expressed his honor in welcoming Messi and his family to their new home. The addition of Messi to the team’s lineup is expected to bring renewed energy and excitement both on and off the field, further elevating the status of Inter Miami CF in the world of football.
The arrival of Messi solidifies Inter Miami CF’s ambitions and showcases their commitment to building a formidable team that can compete at the highest level. As Messi embarks on this new adventure, fans eagerly await his debut in the MLS, hoping to witness his extraordinary skills and talent in action.