Lionel Messi makes it official and signs with Inter Miami

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi has officially signed with Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami, a deal that could advance the team significantly.

Breaking news: Messi’s contract with Inter Miami became official on Saturday, weeks after he declared that he would be joining the team.
* Messi’s first match for Inter Miami could be as soon as Friday in a Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul.
* His contract is reportedly for 2 1/2 seasons and will earn him between $50 million and $60 million annually, putting the total contract value between $125 million and $150 million.

Messi’s impact: As one of the greatest players in soccer history, Messi’s move to Inter Miami is expected to be a game changer.
* Despite currently being in last place in the MLS’s Eastern Conference standings, Inter Miami is expected to benefit significantly from having a player of Messi’s caliber onboard.

Previous career: Before moving to Miami, Messi played for Paris Saint-Germain and also led Argentina to the World Cup title in December 2021.
* He has scored more than 800 goals in his career for club and country, making him one of the top scorers in soccer history.
* He is a four-time Champions League winner and his 129 goals in the top club competition are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 140.

Expectations: The signing of Messi was anticipated for weeks and the club plans grand introductions and events.
* Inter Miami hopes to leverage Messi’s star power to improve its standing in the MLS where it has only won 34% of its matches so far.

Response: MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed joy at Messi’s decision, stating that it signals the growing momentum and energy of soccer in North America.
* Messi himself stated he is “very excited” to join Inter Miami and looks forward to building the club and achieving its objectives.

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