The DRV PNK Stadium in Florida was the stage for an extraordinary evening on Friday, as football legend Lionel Messi made his much-anticipated debut for Inter Miami, delivering a performance that will be etched in the memories of fans forever. The star-studded event was graced by illustrious personalities from various sports, including tennis icon Serena Williams, NBA’s all-time leading scorer LeBron James, and media sensation Kim Kardashian with her children.
The atmosphere at the stadium was electric, with thousands of eager spectators eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Argentine superstar. As the match unfolded against Mexican club Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup, Messi’s presence ignited an air of anticipation and excitement among the crowd.
After months of speculation, the news of Messi signing a two and a half year deal with Inter Miami last weekend, earning an astonishing yearly salary between $50 million to $60 million, had fans eagerly anticipating his first appearance in the Inter Miami jersey. The much-anticipated moment finally arrived, with tens of thousands of supporters witnessing the introduction of the football maestro on Sunday through an online video that garnered an incredible 3.5 billion views.
On Friday, the moment finally came when Messi took to the field with fellow newcomer Sergio Busquets for Inter Miami. Initially starting from the bench, Messi made his entrance all the models in the 54th minute, replacing midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi, and was instantly bestowed with the captain’s armband by his teammate.
As the match progressed, Messi showcased glimpses of his brilliance, creating promising opportunities for himself. The tension escalated when Cruz Azul’s Uriel Antuna found the net, leveling the score at 1-1, and it seemed the game might head for a bonus penalty shootout.
But Lionel Messi had other plans. In a display of sheer artistry, the maestro seized the moment in the dying minutes of the match. With a breathtaking free kick, he found the back of the net, sealing a sensational last-minute victory for Inter Miami. The stadium erupted with joy as fans celebrated the unforgettable moment etched in football history.
With this milestone appearance in the MLS, Lionel Messi became the first FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner to grace the league with his unparalleled talent. As his performance unfolded, it became evident that fans can expect many more magical moments from the football genius in his new journey with Inter Miami.
Indeed, Friday night’s spectacle was nothing short of a masterpiece, and Lionel Messi’s presence has undeniably ushered in a new era for Inter Miami and the entire MLS. Football enthusiasts across the globe eagerly await to witness more of Messi’s magic in the days to come.