Ditched $4,212,000,000 Ex-Employers, Lionel Messi Says Inter Miami Was a ‘Family Decision’

Published 08/18/2023, 4:43 AM EDT

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Lionel Messi, Inter Miami’s new number 10 had expeditiously made an impact on the club, leading them to the brink of history in less than a month. The outcome since La Pulga’s arrival in South Florida had been a source of delight for fans and owners. In the meantime, the world champion talked about his overall experience and revealed that it was a ‘family decision’ to move to the US.

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Despite being at the bottom of the MLS standings, Inter Miami would look to make their presence felt in the final of the cup this Saturday. Inter Miami is on the brink of winning its first trophy with the World Cup winner at the helm.

Lionel Messi is happy with his ‘family decision’ to move to the US

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Lionel Messi was a dominant force in European soccer for 23 years, breaking records with regularity. The 36-year-old joined Inter Miami and continued his goal-scoring prowess. The large Hispanic population in South Florida and the welcoming fans aided Messi and his family to feel at home after he stepped into the States. This added to his contentment with the Herons when he remarked, “I made the decision to come here to keep enjoying football”.

Messi and his family could easily adjust to their new surroundings in Florida after his old friends, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba joined the squad. On many occasions, they were witnessed enjoying jovial instances at the restaurants, often with co-owner David Beckham in attendance. These were the testimonial of the 7x Ballon d’Or winner’s positive experience in Miami so far.

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Elucidating on the above, Messi quoted, “Coming here was a family decision. I just want to play football. That’s why I chose this place and I’m very happy with my decision. Not only for sports but also for the day-to-day here in Miami.” In retrospect, what a collective decision it turned out to be!

Lionel Messi has seemed like a completely different player after leaving PSG which is worth over $4 billion. The world champion’s impact on the Herons had been significant as he turned the tables for the club this season. Let’s dive deeper.

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Impact of La Pulga for Inter Miami

Since joining Inter Miami, Messi’s phenomenal performances had helped the team to reach their first final in history. The world champion has already scored 9 goals in just 6 appearances since his debut for the club on July 21. The ex-Barca forward would be on the cusp of becoming the most decorated player if he wins the 44th trophy of his club career against Nashville this Saturday in DRV PNK stadium.

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Fans and club owners alike were hopeful that the Argentine would be able to continue his stellar performances in the Leagues Cup and help Inter Miami to victory. Furthermore, what was your reaction to Lionel Messi stating his actual reasons for moving to America? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prabuddha is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Growing up watching the sagacious Manchester United where legends like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes shone, Prabuddha has been an admirer of the EPL giants, and looks forward to the new era stars like Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford as the torch bearers. Keen follower of the game, he values weaving his articles with facts, analysis and captivating narratives.
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