In a surprising turn of events, Lionel Messi has announced his decision to join Inter Miami. Which is a Major League Soccer side, as his next destination in football. The Argentine superstar revealed this exciting news during interviews with Spanish media on June 7. This choice marks a significant departure from the possibilities of a reunion with Barcelona or a blockbuster deal to play in Saudi Arabia.
By opting for the United States, Messi is set to embark on a new chapter in his illustrious career. That will bring his immense talent and star power to the growing landscape of American soccer. His arrival in Major League Soccer will undoubtedly create a buzz among fans and raise the level of competition. Further cementing the league’s global appeal. Football enthusiasts around the world eagerly await Messi’s debut in Inter Miami colors, eagerly anticipating the magic and brilliance he will bring to the pitch on American soil.
After completing a two-season stint with Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi, the 35-year-old Argentine forward, bid farewell to the club on Saturday. This marked the end of his time with PSG since joining them in 2021 after a remarkable career at Barcelona. Messi expressed his reasons for departing from Barcelona. Stating that he did not wish to wait for the club to navigate their financial challenges and formulate a way to re-sign him. Barcelona’s inability to retain Messi prior to his move to PSG resulted in an emotional departure for the legendary player, leaving him with tearful goodbyes.
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Messi shared his apprehension with Spanish newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo, stating, “I had a fear that history would repeat itself.”
He added, “I’ve taken the decision that I am going to Miami, I don’t have [the deal] 100% sealed or maybe there’s something left to do, but we decided to continue our path there. [I decided] to leave Europe, it’s true that I had offers from another European team but I didn’t even think about it because in Europe, my idea was only to go to Barcelona. After winning the World Cup and not being able to go to Barca, it’s time to go to MLS to live football in a different way and enjoy my day-to-day life more. Obviously with the same responsibility and desire to win, and to do things well, but with more calm.”
Lionel Messi is a remarkable seven-time Ballon d’Or recipient. He is widely expected to add another individual accolade to his collection after leading Argentina to a World Cup triumph. In Qatar in December 2022. With PSG confirming his departure, the football world was anxiously anticipating Messi’s decision. Despite the allure of a potential return to Barcelona or the tempting prospects of a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia. the Argentine maestro chose to embark on a new adventure in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Inter Miami, is co-owned by former England international David Beckham and was established in 2018. They recently relieved coach, Phil Neville of his duties, appointing Argentine Javier Morales as an interim replacement. Miami, a city basking in the sunlight and a place where Messi has previously enjoyed holidays, became the chosen destination. Speculation suggests that prominent MLS sponsors, including sportswear brand Adidas and Apple TV, who hold the league’s domestic broadcasting rights, may be involved in facilitating Messi’s highly anticipated deal.
Messi played for the Catalan club for 17 years during which time he contributed to the team’s 35 championships. That includes four Champions Leagues, ten Spanish leagues, and seven Copa del Reys.
According to media sources, Barca was working with the Spanish league to ensure it could get a sufficient pay cap. That also agreed before the new season, as well as restructuring its finances to ensure it could afford Messi’s return.
Barcelona still has to add several players who were listed with the minor teams. Examples like playmaker Gavi, according to The Associated Press. Still, it earned some crucial salary cap room with the departure of veterans like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
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