The long awaited arrival of Lionel Messi to the city of Miami has finally taken place, as the global superstar touched down in South Florida early last week. There will be an event held by Inter Miami at DRV PNK Stadium this afternoon in which the club will introduce Messi as their newest member, and there have been video clips released ahead of the event of him in his new digs.
Lionel Messi Will Be Introduced This Evening
🥁💃🕺 Comienza La Fiesta!
The Leo Messi supporters’ group Messias 305 has arrived and is gearing up for tonight’s festividad with drums and dancing.
— Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) July 16, 2023
The acquisition of Lionel Messi marks the biggest arrival in the history of Major League Soccer, despite there being a handful of star players joining the league previously. But Messi is on another level. He is arguably the biggest sports star on the planet, and his impact was felt immediately upon the news breaking that he would be playing for Miami.
Demand for tickets and their prices skyrocketed, and Inter Miami CF’s social media accounts ballooned. Within 24 hours of the Messi news breaking, the club’s Instagram account grew from 1 million followers to 5 million. It currently sits at over 8 million at time of writing.
It took some time for things to become official. The first announcements were made back on June 7th, but the signing wasn’t confirmed until yesterday, July 15th. But the stage is set, and there is expected to be a packed house for the introduction event.
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But hours before the event was scheduled to take place, Messi was already in his new kit and mingling with some of the elites at the event.
Leo Messi meets David Beckham in his new Inter Miami colors 🌴
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 16, 2023
David Beckham is one of the comparisons to Lionel Messi when it comes to a soccer giant joining the MLS. Beckham did so back in 2007 when he joined the LA Galaxy, a move that enabled him a future ownership stake. That stake turned into Inter Miami CF, to which Beckham is now a co-owner. He met up with Messi ahead of the event during what looked like a photo shoot.
The event is scheduled to officially begin at 6PM Eastern, and will be broadcast by Apple TV. The club will also be introducing Sergio Busquets, who spent the entirety of his career with Barcelona and was once a teammate of Messi.
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