For months, no, years, the Lionel Messi to Inter Miami CF talks had graced every social media user’s timeline. Even before the club had ever played a match, the storylines of a potential Messi move to South Florida were already being written.
Nothing had ever felt concrete, though, at least not until the afternoon of June 6th.
After a ton of local tweets from fans with an inside scoop broke the news, it all started to seem like a reality once many of the more prominent names in sports journalism picked it up too. A source had stated that there was knowledge of the deal on Tuesday morning, and it was just a matter of time before the statements became official by all the parties involved.
Much like the David Beckham deal back in 2007, not only would the MLS club have to pay a player of this magnitude fairly, but the league and other parties would have to join in to make this a lucrative deal worth signing for Messi. It has been reported that Apple TV will possibly share part of the revenue earned from all new MLS Season Pass subscribers upon Messi’s signing, and it has also been reported that Adidas would join in on sharing profits with Lionel Messi to sway him to America’s top league. (Source: The Athletic)
Inter Miami had been competing with the likes of Barcelona and Saudi Arabia, and there was no doubt that it would take a massive deal to sway him away from his long-term club of the past and the hundreds of millions of dollars offered by a now-rich footballing country.
Throughout the night and all day Wednesday morning, even without a valid confirmation from any party, the difference in ticket prices from just 48 hours ago had been extremely telling about where the public saw the potential deal landing. It had been speculated that Lionel Messi’s debut would be on July 21st against Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup at DRV PNK Stadium.
A lot of that speculation was derived from the timing of the MLS transfer window and when it would be possible for him to see action. However, the tickets on Ticketmaster for that specific game were shown to be sold out within a matter of minutes of reports dropping on June 6th. A source has stated that the tickets did not sell out, and they were pulled from the site by the club and will be relisted.
And since the firing of Phil Neville, there have been reports that Messi’s old Argentinian coach Tata Martino had been in talks with Inter Miami to join as head coach. When thinking about Messi’s potential arrival, it all would check out.
At noon on Wednesday, June 7th, the “Here We Go” from the soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who every person relies on for transfer news tweeted the confirmation.
It must be stated that many others had beaten Fabrizio to the punch for this scoop. The prime example is Michael Ryan Ruiz, who had been giving out knowledge of Messi to Miami rumors and reports for months throughout the season. Local media had always been on the story.
We await official confirmation from the player and the parties involved, including Inter Miami CF.