He would then play against Mexican club Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup.
Lionel Messi is set to make his debut with Inter Miami on July 21, the owner of the North American Championship (MLS) club, which the Argentine world champion has chosen to join, said on Tuesday. In an interview with the Miami Herald published on Tuesday, Jorge Mas said that Messi was likely to play his first match for Inter against Mexican club Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup, a North American competition jointly organized by MLS and the Mexican Football Federation.
Lionel Messi, 35, revealed on June 7 his choice to go to Miami, after two years at Paris SG. “I decided I’m going to Miami, I haven’t 100% done (a deal) or maybe there are things left to do, but we decided to move on there (. ..) It’s time to go to MLS to experience football in a different way“, had affirmed the sevenfold Ballon d’Or to the Spanish newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo before Inter Miami confirmed the news on Twitter
The Miami Herald, citing a source familiar with the negotiations, revealed that Messi is joining the club on a two-and-a-half-year contract worth a maximum of $60 million a year. The contract also provides for a participation in the capital of the club.at the end of his playing career“, according to the newspaper.
For Inter owner Jorge Mas, Messi’s arrival in MLS will be a “decisive momentin the history of football in the United States. “I think there will always be a before and an after Messi when we talk about sports in the United States“, he told the Herald. “I have the deep conviction that we can create in North America and the United States, if not the biggest league, one of the two biggest leagues in the world (…) The coming of the most world’s greatest player is an important event for our league and for the football ecosystem in the United States. Lionel Messi is coming to this country to win titles and make a difference“, he added.
Sergio Busquets on approach
Inter Miami are said to be in talks to bring Sergio Busquets, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate, to Florida as the names of other players have circulated – such as his former Barca partners Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez, or his compatriot Angel Di Maria.
“We’ve prepared our squad for Messi’s arrival in 2023, which has given us huge leeway“, indicated Jorge Mas, who envisages “between three and five additional recruits“.