MLS Club Inter Miami Signs Lionel Messi
Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina has completed his move to Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Inter Miami on a free transfer.
The former Barcelona forward Messi was available after letting his contract to run down with French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona were interested in bringing Messi back to the Nou Camp, but an offer did not materialise due to LaLiga’s financial fair play rules.
The MLS club Inter Miami officially announced the signing on Twitter.
Sí, Muchachos📍 pic.twitter.com/8E3f9hb9VU
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) July 15, 2023
“I’m very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States,” said World Cup winner Messi.
“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.”
The Argentine talisman is signing for a team that are bottom of the Eastern Conference in the MLS. Messi will be available for selection for Inter Miami CF on July 21st when they take on LIGA MX side Cruz Azul in the opening match of the Leagues Cup.
The Leagues Cup is a new tournament in which MLS and LIGA MX will pause their respective league seasons from July 21st – 19th August, to determine the three clubs that will qualify for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup.