The world of soccer was ablaze with excitement as David Beckham, the illustrious owner of Inter Miami CF, welcomed Lionel Messi to his club with open arms on July 15. The groundbreaking announcement was made by Inter Miami on their official Twitter account, proclaiming the signing of the revered Argentine magician on a remarkable free transfer. Recognized as the epitome of footballing excellence, Messi’s highly-anticipated debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) looms large, following his successful stint at Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, where he triumphed in lifting the Ligue 1 title twice in consecutive seasons.
The 34-year-old virtuoso concluded his time in the French league on a resounding note, emerging as the top assist provider for the 2022-2023 Ligue 1 season. In a display of sheer brilliance, Messi surpassed his former teammate Kylian Mbappe, who had claimed the prestigious accolade the previous year, amassing a remarkable tally of 16 assists in 32 league appearances. Taking to Instagram, Beckham poured his emotions into a heartfelt post, declaring, “The next chapter of our journey begins now. A decade ago, when I embarked on this venture, my vision was to bring the greatest players in the world to Miami… Players who shared the same ambition I had when I joined LA Galaxy, to nurture the growth of football in this country and forge a lasting legacy in the sport we hold dear.”
He continued, “Today, that vision becomes a reality. I couldn’t be prouder that a player of Leo’s stature is joining our club, but I’m equally thrilled to welcome a dear friend, an exceptional individual, and his beautiful family to our beloved Inter Miami CF community.”
Following his triumphant campaign, leading Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar last year, Messi is now poised to embark on a new adventure with Inter Miami CF, a team currently positioned at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. To commemorate his arrival, a grand event will be held at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Messi will be introduced to the passionate supporters on July 16 at 8 PM ET (July 17, 5:30 AM as per India time). MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed his elation at Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami CF and the league, emphasizing the impact this move will have on bolstering the global profile of MLS.
Garber firmly believes that Messi’s presence will serve as a testament to the league’s allure for elite players, further cementing the sport’s foundation in North America. Messi is expected to grace the pitch for Inter Miami later in July, with initial reports suggesting a potential debut against Liga MX side Cruz Azul on July 21.David Beckham Welcomes Historic Signing: Lionel Messi Joins Inter Miami.