The United States Of America is already preparing for the arrival of Argentine star Lionel Messi in Miami.
Messi left Paris Saint Germain at the end of the 2022/23 season, following the expiration of his deal with the club.
The Argentine penned a lucrative deal with Inter Miami, which will see him earn nearly $60 million yearly.
What does Lionel Messi’s deal entail?
His deal at the MLS side reportedly includes owning a stake at the club, shares at Apple and Adidas amongst other incentives.
Based on information from Sportico, Messi’s two-and-a-half-year deal with Inter Miami is worth about $150 million dollars; including his salary, sign-on fee and equity at the club.
The MLS is already basking in grandeur as they can’t wait to welcome Lionel Messi to Miami.
The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner ended his two year fairweather stay in Paris on the 30th of June, 2023, scoring 32 goals and providing 35 assists in 75 appearances for the club.
Lionel Messi will be accompanied by former teammate at Barcelona in Sergio Busquets and there are reports that Jordi Alba might also be joining the Miami based club.
Messi snubbed a staggering deal from Saudi Arabia which could reportedly have seen him earn $1.6 billion over three years, opting to pen a deal with Inter Miami.
As they prepare the ground for his imminent arrival to the MLS, Inter Miami are already paying tribute to the all-time great.
Messi is set to be unveiled as a player of Inter Miami on the 16th of July, 2023 and his unveiling is expected to be the talk of the town.
The 36-year-old arrival to the MLS should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Brazilian great Pele’s move to the New York Cosmos in 1975 as the biggest in North American soccer history.
Beckham already preparing ahead of the arrival of Lionel Messi in Miami
David Beckham assisted in painting a gigantic mural of Lionel Messi as his club are days away from unveiling the mercurial footballer.
England Icon and Co-owner of Inter Miami, David Beckham is very delighted with the acquisition of Lionel Messi.
In the previous week, he expressed how proud he was to have completed the move for the monstrous star.
Beckham assisted in painting the mural and this definitely signifies how happy he is to sign the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner.
He said: “A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to about a million messages on my phone.
“I was thinking, ‘What’s gone off?’ I don’t usually get this many messages. All of a sudden, I hear Leo has come out and announced he’s coming to Miami.”
Lionel Messi will be unveiled alongside Sergio Busquets at Miami DRV PNL stadium on the 16th of July, 2023.
The pair could also make their debut against Mexican side, Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup on the 21st of July, 2023.
The arrival of Lionel Messi in Miami is expected to be felt across board, with the MLS also to receive the attention of the world.