Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club, announced on Wednesday that Lionel Messi has signed a two-year deal with the team. The 34-year-old Argentinian forward will officially join Inter Miami in July, following the expiration of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, brings his immense talent and experience to the MLS, making his arrival a significant milestone for the league. Having won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award a record seven times and leading Barcelona to three Champions League titles, Messi's signing is a momentous event.
With Inter Miami finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference last season, the addition of Messi is expected to bolster the team's chances of competing for the MLS Cup. The club has been active in the transfer market, securing the services of former Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini as well.
Expressing his excitement, Messi stated, "I am thrilled to embark on a new chapter in my career at Inter Miami. I have always admired the club's vision, and I am confident that we can achieve great things together."
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham hailed Messi's signing as a historic moment, both for the club and the MLS. "We have consistently aimed to attract the world's best players to Inter Miami, and Leo is undoubtedly the best player in the world," Beckham remarked. "He is an extraordinary athlete and a global icon, and his arrival will contribute to our goal of building a world-class team."
The acquisition of Messi represents a significant boost for the MLS, which seeks to expand its global presence. In recent years, the league has successfully attracted several high-profile players, including David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Wayne Rooney.
With Messi joining the ranks, MLS is poised to take another stride forward in its journey to becoming a dominant force in international football. The signing not only elevates Inter Miami's status but also solidifies the league's ambition to establish itself as a powerhouse in the world of soccer.