Jorge Mas, the Inter Miami president has revealed that Lionel Messi’ move to MLS has been in the pipeline for the best part of four years.
Messi Move to Inter Miami was pre planned
The Barcelona legend announced last month that he won’t be going back to FC Barcelona. His future came down to Barcelona’s finances and La Liga rules, similar to his exit in the summer of 2021.
Inter Miami’s Cuban-American president, Jorge Mas, sat down with El Pas in Florida and discussed the biggest transfer of the current campaign: Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami.
Mas emphasised that the plan of bringing Messi to the United States was not new, with the idea initially emerging prior to the pandemic: “In 2019 we started to think about how we could bring him to Miami, a global city. We want people, when they think of US soccer, to think about Miami.”
Mas on Messi’s move to MLS
Mas explained that the idea of US football needed to be sold to Messi, calling it “the most important” part, before stressing the financial aspect of the agreement presents, despite the significant fees required in acquiring the player: “This is the biggest commercial market on the planet. Messi can make MLS one of the top three leagues in the world.”
Mas claims that only the arrivals of Pelé and Beckham to US football can match to the impact of the Messi signing. A signing which has definitely shook the world.
Mas added “Messi will take it to another level, he is coming here excited to leave his mark and he can do so with even more than just football”
The MLS side have also signed Lionel Messi’ former teammate Sergio Busquets. Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba, two more former teammates of the Argentine legend are on Inter Miami’s shortlist.