It is official, Lionel Messi’s signing with Inter Miami in the United States. Several local and European media outlets had already reported this information, and Messi himself confirmed the agreement.
The Major League Soccer club also made a statement regarding the signing, expressing their satisfaction with Messi’s “intention” to join the team. While there are still some details to be finalized before the agreement is formalized, the league has shown enthusiasm in welcoming one of the greatest players of all time.
A statement from Major League Soccer. pic.twitter.com/wq6mOdbr4r
— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) June 7, 2023
Despite receiving a very competitive offer from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi turned down the proposal. There were also speculations about a possible return to Barcelona, but the Spanish club couldn’t resolve the necessary financial issues to bring back their greatest player in history.
In May 2021, Messi acquired a luxury apartment in Miami worth R$ 32 million. After winning the Copa America against Brazil, the Argentine superstar enjoyed part of his vacation in the North American city with his family.
Inter Miami will mark the third club in Lionel Messi’s career. He represented Barcelona for 17 seasons before joining Paris Saint-Germain in the 2021/22 season. This will be the Argentine’s debut at a club outside of European football, where he achieved numerous significant records. Here are some of them:
Most FIFA Best Player awards: 7
Most Ballon d’Or awards: 7
Most Golden Shoes awards: 6
Second-most titles in the history of football: 41
Second-most titles in top European leagues: 12
Most goals in European national leagues: 496
Most top goal scorer awards in European national leagues: 8
Most official goals in a year for a club: 79 in 2012 (Barcelona)
Most official goals for a single club: 672 (Barcelona)
Most goals in a single professional league: 474 (LaLiga)
Second-highest goal scorer in the history of the Champions League: 129
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