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According to reports, Lionel Messi will make his debut for Inter Miami in July.

According to the Miami Herald, Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas told a small group of media on Monday that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is set to make his debut with the team on July 21.

At DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Inter Miami will play Cruz Azul of Mexico in the first round of the Leagues Cup.

Jorge Mas, owner of Inter Miami, told the Miami Herald that the team and Messi, who has won seven world player of the year awards, had reached an agreement but are still negotiating the specifics of a contract in order to finalize it.

Messi, who was a key part of Argentina’s World Cup victory last year and is largely considered one of the best players of all time, announced that he will join the MLS team.

Earlier this month, he announced his decision to move to Miami to the Spanish media sources SPORT and Mundo Deportivo. I can’t say that I’ve completed the closure yet. There are a few items I need, but we’ve decided to press on with my trip nonetheless.

“Critical Phase”

The signing of Messi, as Mas told reporters, is “the one seminal moment” in the development of soccer in the United States, per the Miami Herald.

There will always be a “before Messi” and “after Messi” in American discussions about soccer, I believe. Mas declared, “Whether it’s the finest league or one of the best, I have no doubt that it can be created in North America and the United States.” I can’t stress how important this news is enough.

Significant for our league and the American football ecosystem to have the world’s best player here… Lionel Messi wants to win trophies and make an impact in this country. It’s up to me and the other owners in the league, I believe, to make the most of this opportunity.

According to the Herald, Mas has promised increased protection for the Argentine superstar and the club.

The team buses will enter via a tunnel. All of the safety measures have been planned and prepared for both at home and abroad. Mas was quoted as saying, “And it’s not just for our games.” in the Herald.

It’s something we saw when Messi was in town with Argentina before the World Cup, and I think was handled really well, so it’s going to be a regular thing.

Even though Messi hasn’t even played a game for Miami yet, the club’s social media following has exploded in anticipation of his arrival.

Fans of other teams in the league are also paying a premium to see Messi play for his new club, with Inter Miami match tickets increasing in price by over 1,000% in the minutes following the news that the Argentine would be going to the United States.

In the 24 hours after word of Messi’s impending move emerged, TickPick revealed that the cheapest ticket for Inter Miami’s Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul on July 21 had risen to $329, a spike of 1,034%.

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