Lionel Messi was officially unveiled as an Inter Miami player on Sunday, following in the footsteps of Dwyane Wade, Dan Marino, and LeBron James as one of Miami’s most celebrated athletes.
Messi’s first official appearance as an Inter Miami player took place at Fort Lauderdale’s DRV PNK Stadium, where he was greeted by thousands of cheering fans. The Argentinian superstar spoke to the crowd in Spanish, thanking them for their kindness and love.
“I’m very moved to be here in Miami,” Messi said. “I want to thank you for the kindness and love that you have given me. This has happened so fast … I’m anxious to train and compete. Our objective is to be here and win. I’m sure we’re going to have a wonderful experience.”
Messi’s contract with Inter Miami is reportedly worth between $50 million and $60 million per year, and will run until the end of the 2025 season. He is expected to make his debut for his new team on Friday against Mexico’s Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup.
The arrival of Messi in Miami is a major coup for the MLS club, and is sure to generate a huge amount of excitement and interest in the team. Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time, and his presence in the MLS is a sign that the league is continuing to grow and attract top talent.