The highly anticipated arrival of Lionel Messi at Inter Miami has caused a sensation in the soccer world. As the Argentine superstar officially joined Major League Soccer (MLS), his introduction at Inter Miami drew a star-studded crowd, including A-list celebrities and sports icons, all eager to welcome him to the league.
During a special event at the DRV PNK Stadium on July 16th, Inter Miami unveiled Lionel Messi as their newest player. The crowd was also introduced to Messi’s former Barcelona teammate, Sergio Busquets. While Messi took center stage, the event featured an impressive lineup of celebrities.
Among the notable attendees was David Beckham, who is not only a team owner but also a former soccer star himself. He was accompanied by his wife Victoria Beckham and their children, including Harper. Another familiar face at the event was Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero, another former player.
INTER MIAMI OFFICIALLY INTRODUCE LIONEL MESSI 🐐 pic.twitter.com/DOWUimzg8i
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Various personalities from the music industry, including singers Camilo, Evaluna Montaner, Ozuna, Tiago PZK, Paulo Londra, and Marc Anthony, enriched the event with their presence. In addition to the star-studded gathering, Inter Miami prepared a special video featuring messages of welcome from esteemed athletes such as Juan Martin Del Potro, Stephen Curry, and Tom Brady.
A star-studded welcome: Inter Miami’s special video for Lionel Messi
Tom Brady, a superstar in his own right and a six-time Super Bowl champion, expressed his admiration for Messi, by saying “Leo, I wanted to say congratulations on the big move to Miami,” said the 45-year-old.
Stephen Curry, widely regarded as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, also shared his enthusiasm for Messi’s arrival. He said, “I just want to say congratulations on the transition. Good luck, I know it’s new beginnings.”
– Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/kcrcB0c3uo
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Moreover, from the world of music, American DJ and record producer DJ Khaled said: “Messi, we love you, welcome to Miami Dade County 305. Welcome brother, we love you.”
Meanwhile, Gloria Estefan, the iconic Latin pop singer, and her husband Emilio also extended their greetings to Messi. They said, “Messi, welcome to Miami, you’ll bring a lot of pride and unity to south Florida.”
A special welcome from celebrities to Messi in Miami 👋🇺🇸
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Just around the corner is Messi’s highly anticipated debut for Inter Miami, as he is set to face Mexican team Cruz Azul in the opening round of the 2023 Leagues Cup on Friday. The excitement surrounding Messi’s arrival is palpable, as fans eagerly exchange tickets for a staggering $110,000 (approx.) to catch their first glimpse of Messi donning the Inter Miami jersey.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are all smiles in their first Inter Miami training session ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xvXW1syB6O
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Furthermore, joining Messi at the club is his former teammate Sergio Busquets, making it a remarkable double signing for Miami and the MLS. The arrival of these two stars comes at a critical time for Inter Miami, as they currently find themselves languishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only 18 points from 22 games this season.