Argentina forward Lionel Messi is signed by Inter Miami until 2025. Lionel Messi, a forward from Argentina, has agreed to a contract with Inter Miami of the MLS that lasts through 2025.
At the conclusion of the 2022–23 season, the 36-year-old seven-time Ballon d’Or winner left French champions Paris St-Germain.
After helping his nation win the World Cup in Qatar last year, Messi remarked, “I’m very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States.”
David Beckham, a co-owner of Inter Miami, described the deal as a “dream come true.”
Messi continued, “This is a tremendous opportunity and together we will continue to grow this beautiful project. I have never played for a club team outside of Europe.
“I’m very eager to start helping here in my new home. The idea is to work together to achieve the objectives we set.”
Beckham commented on signing a player who is tipped to win another Ballon d’Or this year, saying: “Ten years ago, when I started my adventure to develop a new team in Miami, I declared that I dreamed of bringing the finest players in the world to this magnificent city.
“[I wanted] players that shared my desire to develop football in the United States and leave a lasting legacy in this sport that we both adore for the next generation.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi is signed by Inter Miami until 2025.
“That dream came true today. Leo’s addition to our club makes me
“That dream came true today. Leo’s addition to our club makes me even more proud, but I’m also thrilled to welcome a wonderful friend, an incredible person, and his beautiful family to our Inter Miami community.
“Our adventure’s next chapter begins there, and I can’t wait to watch Leo take the field.”
On July 21, Miami will play their debut Leagues Cup game against Cruz Azul of the Liga MX, and Messi will be available to play.
“We are overjoyed that the greatest player in the world chose Inter Miami and Major League Soccer, and his decision is a testament to the momentum and energy behind our league and our sport in North America,” MLS commissioner stated.
“Lionel will prove to the world that the MLS can be a league of choice for the top players in the game, we have no doubt in that. We really anticipate watching him make his Inter Miami debut at our Leagues Cup competition later this month.
Messi earned the last of his seven Ballon d’Or honors in 2021, and after leading Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar in 2022, he may win it once more this year.
He finished the previous campaign with 16 goals and 16 assists in Ligue 1 after scoring 32 goals in 75 games for PSG. Argentina forward Lionel Messi is signed by Inter Miami until 2025.
Messi spent 21 years with Barcelona before joining the French team in 2021.
Messi has scored 672 goals for Barcelona and has 10 victories.