Football legend, Lionel Messi has signed a contract with Inter Miami until 2025 after his exit from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
The Major League Soccer team announced this on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Argentina striker will occupy a Designated Player slot on the roster.
“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,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.
“We have no doubt that Lionel will show the world that MLS can be a league of choice for the best players in the game. We look forward to seeing his debut for Inter Miami in our Leagues Cup tournament later this month.”
The player who sparked Argentina to a World Cup title last year in Qatar is set to be unveiled by the team in a Sunday ceremony and expected to join Inter Miami on the pitch as early as Friday.
“I’m very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States,” Messi said in a statement.
Recall that Messi had last month, June announced his intention to play for the Major League Soccer side during a joint interview with Mundo Deportivo and SPORT, saying, “Leaving European football, much more after winning the World Cup, was what I needed.”
“I made the decision that I am going to go to Miami. I still haven’t closed it 100%. I’m missing some things but we decided to continue the path.”
According to reports, Messi is expected to make Inter Miami debut on July 21 during the team’s inaugural Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
The player will also reunite with former Barcelona players Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, who will officially join Inter Miami later this week for their first training session. The three played together in Spain from 2012 to 2021, winning five La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey, and one Champions League.
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