Since last June 7 Lionel Messi announced his arrival in the MLS. The eyes of the soccer planet settled on the Miami team and what this bond will bring for the player, as well as for the institution.
LatinAmerican Post | Juan Felipe Rengifo
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Lionel Messi arrived in the 'Capital of the Sun' on July 11 and his impact has not been long in coming. However, despite the high expectations that it arouses not only for American sports, but also for the continental one, there remains the feeling that the Florida team seems not to be prepared for this global phenomenon that means having the number 10 from Argentina on their roster.
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A show that left a lot to be desired
Last Sunday, July 16, was the official presentation of Lionel Messi in his new team. Despite the fact that the event aroused the expectation of locals and strangers, the result was not as expected. First, it was postponed due to the weather that affected the city of Fort Lauderdale, later it had many technical failures, mainly sound and camera management that did not allow the special guests and celebrities who welcomed the new signing to be enjoyed. Likewise, there was a very small stage for the number of people who were at the epicenter of the presentation, and there was an abrupt and incomprehensible closure for those of us who followed the transmission minute by minute.
Infrastructure, the main concern
The current venue of Inter Miami is the DRV PNK Stadium, located in Fort Lauderdale, which has a capacity of 18,000 spectators and which, due to the arrival of the 'Pulga', expanded to 21,000. This provisional headquarters is located 40 kilometers from the city, which can make it difficult to travel and comparing the capacity of the stadiums in which the Argentine played throughout his career (Camp Nou close to 100,000 spectators and Parc des Princes close to 50,000) is insufficient for what his fans will demand. It is expected that upon completion of the construction of Miami Freedom Park (no specific completion date) this situation can be reversed.
An uncompetitive team
Messi's new team is at the bottom in the Eastern Conference of the MLS with just 18 points in 22 games played, his last win was on May 13 when he defeated New England Revolution at home, since that win, he has had a streak negative of 13 games without getting a victory again. To reverse this situation, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, former technical director of the Mexican National Team and who previously directed 'Lio' in the Argentine National Team and FC Barcelona, was hired.
Necessary reinforcements or media reinforcements?
Together with the Argentine star, the Spaniards Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, former teammates in the 'Culé' team and with whom he achieved his most important soccer achievements at club level, as well as the possible arrival of his friend, the Uruguayan Luis Suárez. With these three names, a game scheme tailored to Messi would be configured, the big question that arises is whether these signings will be enough to form a winning squad that reverses the difficult sporting situation facing the team.
Only time will give its verdict regarding this nascent link between the Argentine and the Miami team, all soccer fans hope that everything improves and that the final episode of the epic career of the best of all time ends at the height of its career and his unique legacy.