Outside the lines, 6.6 (Walla system!)
Leo Messi's announcement of joining Inter Miami has caused huge excitement in Florida since Wednesday night, with the Flea's new team followings soaring, sports and entertainment stars across the United States welcoming his arrival and merchandise products already going on sale, but one of Messi's new teammates doesn't sound so optimistic.
Dutch goalkeeper Nick Marsman, who arrived at Inter Miami from Feyenoord in 2021, told ESPN just hours before Messi officially announced his next destination: "Personally, I don't think the club is ready for Messi's arrival. We are in a temporary stadium, the crowd can enter the field, we travel to the stadium without security. I wish he would come, but I don't think we're ready."
The team owned by David Beckham hosts at the DRV PNK Stadium, which was inaugurated in 2020 and can hold 18,000 spectators. Because the facility does not meet recommended safety conditions, the team announced last year that it would build a new 25,000-seat stadium in Miami, called Miami Freedom Park, scheduled to open in two years.
Inter Miami's DRV PNK Stadium (Photo by Getty Images, Joe Raedle)
Meanwhile, Argentina welcomes Messi's "mature decision", as TyC wrote: "In Saudi Arabia he tried to lure him with money, in Niels they dreamed of him until the shooting on the front of the supermarket in Rosario reminded us that our country is not an ideal place to live, in Barcelona they lied first to him, then to the crowd, later to the Spanish league, and now that they are left exposed, there is no room left for them to repair all the damage that has been done." Analyzed in the homeland of the star.
"Messi always went with the truth. He proved that he was free, and chose to live well, quietly," they added. "He will keep pace and be ready whenever the national team needs him. And as has happened for most of the past 20 years, he is probably right this time too. Be happy, Leo. It's time for you to think for yourself. You did well."
- World Football
- Lionel Messi
- Inter Miami