After the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, decided his fate and announced his transfer to Inter Miami, the attention of football fans around the world turned towards the American club, which will be the third destination in the “flea” professional career after Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi chose Inter Miami, despite the huge Saudi offer from the Saudi Al-Hilal Club, which exceeded one billion euros in two seasons, and despite Barcelona’s efforts to win it back.
– Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) June 7, 2023
You see a newspaperdem(Marca) that the decision was not easy for the Argentine star, as he and his family wanted to return to Barcelona, but the financial and administrative conditions suffered by the Catalan club prevented that.
She indicated that Messi’s choice might seem logical to move to Miami, which is owned by retired English star David Beckham, to compete in the NBA, which has grown and developed in recent years, according to Marca.
The Spanish newspaper highlighted the Inter Miami team, which was founded in 2018, and is suffering greatly in the American League during the current season, as it occupies the last 15th place in the eastern section of the tournament known as “MLS” (MLS).
The team has 15 points after 16 matches, as it won only 5 confrontations and suffered 11 defeats, and settled for scoring 15 goals, while conceding 21 goals.
Inter Miami is 6 points behind ninth place, which is the last place that gives it the chance to qualify for the playoffs.
And the team sacked coach Phil Neville last week after the disastrous results that contradicted the results of last season when it finished sixth and qualified for the playoffs that determine the winner of the title. According to American reports, the club is close to appointing Argentine Gerardo Martino to lead the team for the rest of the season.
Inter Miami in MLS this season:
– 16 matches
– 5 wins
– 11 defeated
15 goals scored
– 21 goals conceded
Bottom of the standing in their conference pic.twitter.com/9ildBAK6Da
– Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 7, 2023
Martino previously worked with Messi when he coached Barcelona in the 2013-2014 season, and also supervised his training in the Argentine national team between 2014 and 2016.
Marca reviewed Messi’s new colleagues in the Inter Miami offensive line, and they are:
The Colombian striker has been playing with Inter Miami since January 2023, when he arrived at the team from Atalanta United.
Martinez, 30, appeared with Inter Miami in 17 matches, scoring only 3 goals and providing one assist.
Martinez is the fastest player to score 100 goals in the history of the NBA, as he did so with his former team in 125 games.
The Argentine player arrived at Inter Miami in conjunction with his colleague Martinez from the Swedish team AEK Solna, and he has a modest experience with several clubs in Argentina and Chile, and a single club in Cyprus is Anorthosis Famagusta.
Stefanelli won the Swedish League title with AEK Solna in the 2017-2018 season, and since joining Inter Miami, he has scored only two goals in 18 games.
On the last day of the last winter transfer market, Inter Miami signed Campana (22 years old) from Wolverhampton permanently.
Campana scored 15 goals, in addition to two assists, in 39 games with his American team.
Jean, 27, moved to Inter Miami in the summer of 2022 from the Lens team, and his professional experience with the American team was his first outside France. Jean played 18 games with Inter and scored one goal with two assists.
Robinson knows the atmosphere of the NBA well; He has been playing with Inter Miami since the launch of the new name for the tournament in 2020.
Since then, he has played 46 matches, scoring 6 goals and 1 assist.
Lacava has been playing for Inter Miami since November 2022, scoring one goal and making another.
Although he plays in midfield, he will be very close to Messi on the field, according to Marca.
Pizarro has great experience, especially at the international level, for winning the Gold Cup with Mexico in the 2019 edition.
From midfield, Pizarro scored 7 goals and provided 10 assists in 56 matches.
According to the Catalan newspaper “Sport”, the American team’s bid amounts to $ 54 million per season, or more than $ 1 million per week.
This step represents a major victory for the NBA, which welcomed Messi, with the addition that there is still work to finalize the details of the official agreement.
“The greatest player of all time is coming. Millions of NBA fans around the world welcome you, Leo,” the league wrote on Twitter.
A source familiar with the negotiations told Reuters this week that Messi had wanted to move to a club he could take a share of ownership in, and his contract is expected to pave the way to do so after his retirement.
He will also receive a portion of the revenue from the Apple TV station that broadcasts the league matches, and will be able to increase his sponsorship deal with Adidas.
And the American League gets a fixed revenue of about $ 250 million annually from Apple until a certain limit of subscriptions is reached to watch the competition, after which it gets a percentage of the subscription revenue.
It is expected that Messi’s move to the American League will lead to viewers subscribing to the Apple TV streaming platform to follow the most famous soccer players in the world.
Former England captain David Beckham – who was one of the first stars to move to America and won the league title with Los Angeles Galaxy twice – shares ownership of Inter Miami.