Miami: In a groundbreaking transfer, Inter Miami, a Major League Soccer (MLS) club, officially announced the signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on a free transfer on Saturday. The signing comes after his departure from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Ligue 1 and marks a new chapter in Messi’s illustrious career. The deal between Messi and Inter Miami is set to run until 2025.
The news sent shockwaves through the football world, and Inter Miami took to Twitter to share an image of Messi donning the Miami colours, with the iconic number 10 jersey displayed on his back. The signing of the World Cup 2022 winner is a significant milestone for MLS, as it adds one of the greatest players in the history of the sport to its ranks.
MLS wasted no time in releasing an official statement, expressing their excitement about Messi’s arrival. MLS commissioner Don Garber stated, “We are overjoyed that the greatest player in the world chose Inter Miami CF and Major League Soccer, and his decision is a testament to the momentum and energy behind our league and our sport in North America,” as quoted by Goal.com.
Messi himself expressed his enthusiasm for the new chapter in his career, stating, “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. The idea is to work together to achieve the objectives we set, and I’m very eager to start helping here in my new home.”
During his time with Paris Saint-Germain, Messi showcased his brilliance, winning the Ligue 1 title twice in his two-season stint. He concluded his stay in the French league as the top assist provider for the 2022-2023 season, recording an impressive 16 assists in 32 league games. This achievement saw him surpass his former teammate Kylian Mbappe, who claimed the award in the previous year.
Messi’s journey to stardom began in his early years, playing for clubs like Grandoli and Newell’s Old Boys before making his debut for Barcelona’s senior team in 2004 at the age of 16. He spent close to two decades with the Catalan giants, making 520 appearances and scoring 474 goals for the club. With Barcelona, Messi won numerous titles, including La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and the Copa Del Rey.