Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi at Inter Miami training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 18, 2023.
Fort Lauderdale (USA) – The seven-time best soccer player in the world, Lionel Messi, trained for the first time with Inter Miami. According to 200 journalists watched his first training session in the overseas MLS and his teammates applauded him when he stepped on the pitch. It was reported by the AP agency.
Along with Messi, his former teammate from Barcelona, Sergio Busquets, also took part in the training, which was filmed by a helicopter and several drones. The Spanish world and European champion came to Miami on Monday.
The 36-year-old Messi has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Total from Fort Lauderdale with an option. The captain of Argentina's world champions from last year's championship in Qatar earns 50 to 60 million dollars (1.3 billion crowns) a year.
“For him, it's mainly about his legacy. He's won everything there is to win . He's one of the best players of all time, if not the best. But from what I've seen, he's still hungry,” said club co-owner and former England international David Beckham.
Messi would make his debut in the new place of work on Friday, when Miami will play in the Leagues Cup against the Mexican team Cruz Azul. According to AP, the price of tickets on the black market varies between 275 dollars (5,800 crowns) and 19,000 dollars (404,000 crowns).
After Messi and Busquets, Miami will also be strengthened by another former Barcelona player, Jordi Alba. The president of the club, Jorge Mas, said that Inter had already signed a contract with the 34-year-old defender, who left the Catalan club early after one season. at the triumph in the Champions League. He also played for Valencia in the past and won the European Championship with the Spanish national team in 2012.