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Inter Miami hit the jackpot last season. The Herons signed eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi to a two-year contract. The Argentine hit the ground running from the get go, guiding them to their inaugural  Leagues Cup title. Nevertheless, it seems not all are used to life next to Messi. One of his fellow teammates talked about his fascination with the player, claiming that he, at times, cannot stop drooling over how good Messi is!

With some big additions to their team, Inter Miami will look to change their fortunes in the MLS this season. The side, despite some of the best names in the world, is not considered a heavy hitter. However, Herons fans have a lot of expectations from the club, and Messi is an integral cog of the machine.

Nicholas Stefanelli speaks on his admiration for Inter Miami skipper

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Inter Miami has been on cloud nine following the arrival of Lionel Messi. Many, at the club, are elated to play or share company alongside the Argentine. Despite sharing the pitch with the player for the past few months, a few stars at Miami have still not gotten used to Messi’s prowess. Miami star Nicholas Stefanelli, in an interview, talked about his fascination with Lionel Messi during the team’s training sessions.

Stefanelli stated, “You don’t realize it when you see it on TV. I see it in training and I drool. When he passes I say: How did you see him when the pass was behind you? This can’t be true. Because of those things, he is the best in history.”

Inter Miami signed Stefanelli last season, after he impressed with Swedish side AIK Fotboll. Also an Argentine, Stefanelli, following his move to Inter Miami, has made 30 appearances for the side but has failed to leave a major impact on the management. Meanwhile, the focus remains on their talisman, Messi, who is poised to play an integral part in Miami’s aspirations of winning a title.

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Lionel Messi looks to help Inter Miami lift their first MLS title

The Inter Miami skipper has a lot of expectations riding on his shoulders. While Lionel Messi helped the side get their hands on the Leagues Cup title last season, fans are expecting the Argentine to guide the team to their first-ever MLS trophy. The Herons have already made some big changes to their team for the upcoming season with the David Beckham-owned franchise signing Luis Suarez. Perhaps, a Barcelona reunion?

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With the likes of Suarez, Busquets, and Alba in their ranks alongside Lionel Messi, Inter Miami could emerge as the team to beat this season. The side still has time to make more changes to their side before the new season. Miami is set to play the opening fixture of the league at home on the 22nd of February with the Herons set to take on Real Salt Lake.

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