After a month of nervous waiting, Inter Miami CF’s new player Messi was revealed to a sold-out crowd at DRV PNK Stadium on Sunday. The soccer star from Argentina signed a multiyear deal with the club on Saturday. He is the most famous player to join MLS since David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007.
Messi said after he was introduced, “I am very happy that I chose to come to this city with my family and that I chose this project. I have no doubt that we will have a great time.” “We’ll have a good time, and great things will happen. Thank you very much, and thank you all for this day.
“I can’t wait to start getting ready for the competition. I still have the same drive I’ve always had to fight, win, and help Miami grow. Beckham was the first big name to move to MLS in his prime after spending most of his time playing top-level soccer in Europe. Beckham, who is now a co-owner of Inter Miami, couldn’t help but talk about the importance of this moment, which had been building for ten years.
Beckham said, “I began my journey to build a new MLS team ten years ago.” “I said at the time that I wanted to bring the best players in the world to South Florida and to the great city of Miami. Players who wanted soccer to grow in this country as much as we did… We’re so glad you’re all here to share this amazing event with us.
“So, please forgive me if I’m a little bit upset tonight. Lionel Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami is like a dream come true… Bienvenido a La Familia.” The event was put on hold for two hours because of bad weather. Heavy rain fell on the stadium grounds, and lightning lit up the sky.
No one cared; nobody would miss this. Sergio Busquets, who used to play with Messi at Barcelona, was also introduced as an Inter Miami player after signing his contract to join the team on Sunday.
Beckham was excited to bring the playmaker to South Florida. He called him “one of the most complete midfielders of his generation.” “I am so happy that Sergio and his family can play for our team and wear our colors, and that he can play with Leo Messi again.”
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— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) July 16, 2023
Melissa Ortiz and Tony Cherchi, who were on the field, tried to move the show along, but screams of “Messi! Messi!” were so loud that Ortiz had to ask for quiet. Jorge Mas, a co-owner of Inter Miami, mentioned the weather right before he introduced the club’s new No. 10.
Mas said, “Tonight, we’ll do this Miami-style in the rain.” “This holy water!”
Messi went up on stage and spoke quickly to the crowd before a tribute was shown on the screens above the stadium. A lot of A-list celebrities and players welcomed him to the U.S., including Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, DJ Khaled, and others.
The stadium speakers blasted “The World Is Yours to Take” by Tears for Fears and Lil Baby. One line from the original song that was used stood out.
“Everyone wants to be in charge of the world.” Yes, Inter Miami is at the bottom of the MLS this season. On this night, Mas, Beckham, and more than 20,000 fans all felt like they really did rule the world.