By Jenny Masters
Lionel Messi will join Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer, a stunning development that brings the 2022 World Cup champion and record-setting seven-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner to one of the league’s newest teams.
A deal is not yet done, Messi said during a joint interview with Mundo Deportivo and Sport, but he is committed to completing the transaction.
“I made the decision that I’m going to go to Miami,” he said during the interview. “I still haven’t closed it 100% percent. I’m missing some things, but we decided to continue on the path. If the Barcelona thing didn’t work out, I wanted to leave Europe, get out of the spotlight and think more of my family.”
Messi and Miami play the Union in Chester on June 24.