Leo Messi He shared his first images with the Inter Miami shirt this Saturday, one day before he was officially presented as a new player for this MLS team.
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«Yes, guys. See you in Miami», Messi in a video on Twitter in which he appears for the first time with the pink shirt and the 10 of Inter Miami.
Messi assured that landing in the MLS and in soccer in the United States is «a fantastic opportunity» for him.
«I am very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States,» the Argentine star said in a statement.
«It is a fantastic opportunity and together we will continue to build this beautiful project. The idea is to work together to achieve the goals we set for ourselves and I am very eager to start helping here, in my new home,» he added.
The Argentine genius will occupy a ‘designated player’ position, a contractual figure that allows MLS teams to circumvent the league’s salary caps for their flashy signings.
Messi’s contract will end at the end of the 2025 MLS season, that is, it will last for two and a half seasons, taking into account that half of the 2023 campaign has already been played. The US will host the Cup in 2024 America, in 2025 the Club World Cup and in 2026 the National Team World Cup together with Mexico and Canada.
Jorge Mas, one of the owners of Inter Miami and the day-to-day executive in charge of the club, said he was «honored» to welcome Messi and his family «to their new home.»
«In 2018 we made a promise to build an ambitious club that would attract the world’s elite players. A club that would transform the global vision of soccer in the US and that would ensure that, where soccer can be, Inter «Miami be part of the conversation. My sincere thanks to our fans, who never gave up believing. Together we will continue to turn dreams into reality,» he said.
For his part, david beckhamanother of the owners of Inter Miami, recalled that he always had the dream of bringing the best players in the world «to this incredible city.»
«Players who shared the ambition I had when I joined the LA Galaxy to help grow US soccer and build a legacy for the next generation of the game we love so much. Today that dream came true. No I could be prouder for a player of Leo’s caliber to join our club, but I am also delighted to welcome a good friend, an incredible person and his beautiful family.»
Also the MLS It was «delighted», in the words of its commissioner Don Garber, with Messi’s landing. «His decision (to go to Inter Miami and MLS) is proof of the drive and energy of our league and our sport in North America,» he said.
ready for presentation
Messi is scheduled to be presented at a major event this Sunday, July 16 at the DRV PNK Stadium starting at 8:00 p.m. local time. It is expected that Spanish will also be presented at this event Sergio Busquets, who was a teammate of the Argentine star at Barcelona.
Everything indicates that the debut of Messi and Busquets with Inter Miami will be on July 21 in the Inter Miami match against the Mexican Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup.
the Argentinian Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martinowho has already trained Messi at Barcelona and the albiceleste team, led his first session as Inter Miami coach on Monday and this Saturday he will sit on the bench for the Florida team for the first time in their away game against St. City Luis.
Inter Miami urgently needs all the reinforcements it can get to straighten out its season, since it is bottom of the East (18 points after 21 games) and accumulates ten games without knowing victory (three draws and seven losses).
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