It's official. Messi has signed a contract with a new club, for which a Ukrainian national team veteran performs
Legendary striker Lionel Messi has officially moved to Inter Miami, playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. The 36-year-old captain of the national team of Argentina signed a two-year contract and will play under the number 10, the press service of the American team reports.
We note that a veteran of the Ukrainian national team Serhiy Kryvtsov has been playing in Inter Miami owned by legendary English ex-footballer David Beckham since January.
"I am honored to welcome Leo Messi and his family to their new home. In 2018 we promised to build an ambitious club that will attract the best players from around the world. A club that will change the global perception of soccer in the United States and ensure that wherever soccer is discussed, Inter Miami would be part of the conversation," club manager Jorge Mas said.
Messi, while commenting on his transfer admitted that he is excited to take the next step in his career in the United States.
"This is a fantastic opportunity and together we will continue to build this great project. We will work together to achieve our goals and I'm looking forward to contributing to my new home," Leo said.
Messi is set to make his debut for the club in the first MLS Cup match on July 21. The opponent will be the Mexican team Cruz Azul.
Messi has won the Ballon d'Or seven times and the FIFA Best Footballer award three times in his career. He is the only player to have taken the World Cup Ballon d'Or twice.
Messi has won the UEFA Champions League four times, an Olympic gold medal, three FIFA Club World Cups, 10 La Liga titles, two Ligue 1 titles, seven Spanish Cup titles and one Champions Cup.
Messi led Argentina to victory in the 2021 America's Cup on the international stage and also cemented his legacy by leading his country to a historic 2022 FIFA World Cup title.
In addition to titles and personal honors, Messi also holds a number of records. He holds the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year (91 in 2012), La Liga goals in a single season (50), the most goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage (80), the most goals in the UEFA Champions League 1/8 finals (29) and the most consecutive goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (18).
In Argentina, Messi holds the record for the most games for the national team (175), goals (103) and World Cup goals (13), as well as being the international record holder for the most matches at World Cups (26). He is the only player to score in the World Cup group stage, 1/8 finals and quarterfinals.
Messi spent most of his club career with Barcelona, coming through the youth ranks and playing for the adult team for 17 seasons. The legendary playmaker played 780 games for the team, scoring 672 goals and making 291 assists.
After his historic stay in Spain, Messi played for Paris Saint-Germain in France for two seasons. He played 75 games for the team in all competitions, scoring 32 goals and giving 35 assists. Messi joined Inter Miami as a free agent. His contract with PSG expired in June.