Lionel Messi’s new teammates include Man Utd youth whiz and ex-Premier League pair

Lionel Messi’s new teammates include Man Utd youth whiz and ex-Premier League pair

The transfer of star forward Lionel Messi to Inter Miami will undoubtedly go down as the greatest coup in Major League Soccer history.

Since the Florida franchise was founded in 2018, it has been co-owner David Beckham’s goal to acquire the services of a bona fide star of the game. The former England captain has secured the services of arguably the finest footballer to have ever walked the planet after fending off fierce competition for the signature of the 35-year-old.

At one point, it appeared that the Argentine legend would join former rival Cristiano Ronaldo and current Ballon d’Or recipient Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia. Messi’s father and agent revealed that his son ‘would adore’ a reunion with the club where he played for 17 years.

Messi’s decision to contract with Inter Miami may represent a balancing of his sporting and personal ambitions. In the end, the opportunity to transfer to a league where he could benefit from several lucrative commercial partnerships and the chance to settle in a city where he already owned a home were too compelling to pass up.

On the field, it is impossible to deny that the Herons are in desperate need of a boost. In truth, the past week has likely been one of the most tumultuous in the club’s history, as coach Phil Neville was fired after a string of poor performances.

Alarmingly, the Vice City team presently sits at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference with five consecutive losses and only five victories out of 16 contests this season. Messi’s presence at the DRV PNK Stadium will therefore be a morale booster for a group of players who have struggled this season under the former Lionesses coach.
Following his massive transfer to the United States, Mirror Sport takes a look at some of the players Messi will now call teammates.

The former Tottenham and Newcastle right-back signed with Inter Miami from Galatasaray in 2022, curiously without being designated as a Designated Player. The trustworthy 78-time international has appeared 49 times for the MLS club.

Leonardo Campana
After a fruitful loan spell in which he scored 11 goals in 26 MLS appearances, the forward’s permanent transfer from Wolves to the Herons in January was a coup for the club. The 22-year-old forward has never played at Molyneux, but he has once again excelled as a Young Designated Player this season, scoring three goals in seven games.

Franklin Neville
Harvey Neville, age 20, is the most recent professional athlete to emerge from the Neville family. He is the son of former Inter Miami coach Phil Neville. Harvey Neville, a defender like his father and uncle Gary, was a junior team star for Manchester United before departing for the United States. He has made 11 MLS appearances for the Herons, but was recently booed during a substitute appearance against New York Red Bulls as supporters vented their displeasure with his father’s managerial record.

Rodolfo Pizarro
Rodolfo Pizarro, who was signed as the club’s second Designated Player, arrived from Monterrey with an impressive pedigree. The attacking midfielder has appeared 51 times for Inter Miami in the MLS, scoring six goals, and has previously been nominated for the Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Award.

Gregore Club captain Gregore is an uncompromising defensive midfield anchorman who arrived at Inter Miami in 2021 after playing more than one hundred games in Brazil’s Serie A. The 29-year-old has appeared in 62 games for the Herons and was dubbed the club’s Most Valuable Player for 2021.
Hector Martinez

Josef Martinez, a diminutive forward with a sterling reputation in the MLS, scored 100 goals in the league quicker than any player in league history and recorded more hat-tricks than any player in league history. The 68-time Venezuelan international played for Atlanta United for six seasons before transferring to Inter Miami, where he has scored three goals thus far.


Lionel Messi’s new teammates include Man Utd youth whiz and ex-Premier League pair