Lionel Messi announces his decision to join Inter Miami and Major League Soccer, in a surprising move.
The big picture: Messi’s decision to join Miami’s MLS team after months of speculation is a huge boost for American soccer on the pro stage.
* He had previously been expected to choose Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia or return to Barcelona.
Background: The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who recently won the World Cup with Argentina, spent two years with Paris Saint-Germain.
* Messi, at 35, has scored over 800 career goals and proved himself to be one of the greatest in the sport’s history.
What’s next: With some final details yet to be worked out, Messi aims to “continue my path” in Miami as part of Inter Miami, a team currently struggling in the Eastern Conference.
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