May 18, 2024
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Inter Miami CF Makes History: Lionel Messi Joins the MLS Club

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Inter Miami CF Signs Seven-Time Ballon d’Or Winner, World Cup Champion, Lionel Messi.

In a groundbreaking announcement, Inter Miami CF has officially signed Lionel Messi, the extraordinary Argentine footballer and seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who also holds the distinction of being a World Cup champion. The signing of Messi, who will occupy a Designated Player slot, marks a significant milestone for the Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

Jorge Mas, the Managing Owner of Inter Miami CF, expressed his honor in welcoming Messi and his family to their new home. Mas reflected on the club’s promise made in 2018 to build an ambitious team that would attract the world’s elite players and transform the perception of soccer in the United States. He extended heartfelt gratitude to the fans for their unwavering belief, affirming that together, they would continue to turn dreams into reality.

David Beckham, Co-Owner of Inter Miami CF, expressed his delight in seeing his dream come true. Beckham, who embarked on a journey ten years ago to build a team in Miami, stated that he envisioned bringing the greatest players to the city. He emphasized the shared ambition to grow football in the USA and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Beckham welcomed Messi, his friend, and his beautiful family to the Inter Miami community, marking the beginning of an exciting new phase for the club.

Messi himself expressed his excitement about this new chapter in his career and his eagerness to contribute to Inter Miami. He called it a fantastic opportunity to be part of a beautiful project and emphasized the importance of working together to achieve their objectives.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber celebrated Messi’s decision, highlighting its significance for both Inter Miami CF and the league as a whole. Garber expressed confidence that Messi’s presence would demonstrate to the world that MLS can attract the best players in the game.

Fans eagerly anticipate Messi’s debut for Inter Miami CF, which is expected to take place in the opening match of the Leagues Cup tournament on July 21. Messi will first face LIGA MX side Cruz Azul, and four days later, the team will compete against Atlanta United in their second Leagues Cup match.

Messi’s list of personal accolades is unparalleled. With seven Ballon d’Or titles, three The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards, and two FIFA World Cup Golden Balls, he stands alone as the only player to have won the award twice. His achievements also include three UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Awards, six European Golden Shoes, and numerous domestic accolades.

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Throughout his career, Messi has earned an extensive collection of team trophies, including four UEFA Champions League titles, ten La Liga titles, and multiple domestic cups. He led Argentina to victory in the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa América and 2022 CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, leaving an indelible mark on the international stage.

With his remarkable records, Messi has left an enduring legacy in the sport. He holds records for the most goals scored in a calendar year, the most goals in Europe’s top five leagues, and the most caps and goals for the Argentina national team.

Messi’s journey began at FC Barcelona, where he spent 17 seasons, becoming the club’s all-time leading appearance-maker and top scorer. After a two-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain, where he contributed significantly to the team’s success, Messi now embarks on a new adventure with Inter Miami CF.

Inter Miami CF, MLS, and the entire football community in the United States recognize the magnitude of this historic signing. It not only enhances the sport’s profile but also opens up new business opportunities. Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami CF signifies the start of an extraordinary era for the club and the sport in North America.

As the soccer world eagerly awaits Messi’s first appearance in an Inter Miami CF jersey, fans worldwide can witness his brilliance and enjoy all the action through MLS Season Pass, a subscription service available in over 100 countries and regions.

The signing of Lionel Messi by Inter Miami CF reinforces the club’s commitment to excellence and sets a new standard for soccer in the United States. The anticipation builds as Messi prepares to leave an indelible mark on MLS and continues to captivate football fans with his extraordinary talent.

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