Inter Miami unveil Lionel Messi to sold-out crowd

New signing Lionel Messi has been officially presented to cheering crowds at Inter Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium, the BBC reports.

A sold-out crowd of about 20,000 waited through downpours and lightning to see the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner given a number 10 shirt.

In a brief address in Spanish, Messi, 36, thanked supporters and said he had the “same desire” he always has.

The World Cup-winning Argentina forward joins the Major League Soccer (MLS) club on a deal until the end of 2025.

He will be reunited with defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets – with whom he played at Barcelona – who has also signed for Miami until 2025.

Busquets, too, was formally unveiled during Sunday night’s event.

Messi entered the pitch via a huge catwalk and was introduced as “America’s number 10, the world’s best number 10”.

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