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Lionel Messi's MLS Unveiling Could Be In Gold Cup Final

Lionel Messi's MLS Unveiling Could Be In Gold Cup Final

Lionel Messi, the renowned Argentine soccer player, has been creating quite a stir with his impending move to South Florida. While Messi has expressed his intention to join Inter Miami, his new team has yet to make an official announcement regarding his arrival. However, it seems that fans may not have to wait much longer to receive confirmation.

Rumors suggest that a grand presentation of Lionel Messi’s MLS unveiling could be in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday. In order to make this happen, Major League Soccer has been engaged in discussions with the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), as well as Fox and Univision, to explore the possibility of showcasing a portion of Messi's arrival celebration.

Inter Miami, on the other hand, has publicly announced an event called "The Unveil," scheduled to commence at 8 pm ET on Sunday. The event is set to take place at DRV Pink Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, coinciding with the Gold Cup final happening at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. While Inter Miami's statement about the event does not explicitly mention Messi, it does promise "exciting entertainment, speeches on the pitch, and more."

There are strong indications that Messi is expected to return to the United States on Tuesday, just before the club makes an official announcement later in the week. In the meantime, Messi has been enjoying a vacation in the Bahamas.

One individual who seems particularly enthusiastic about Messi's move to Inter Miami is the club's co-owner, David Beckham. During the process of creating a massive mural of Messi, a talented artist named Maxi Bagnasco received a surprise visit from Beckham himself. The former soccer star even lent a hand in adding some finishing touches to the artwork. Victoria Beckham, David's wife, shared the moment on her Instagram, posting a picture of David Beckham alongside the monumental Messi mural.

Bagnasco, the artist responsible for the mural, expressed his excitement about Beckham's unexpected visit. He recounted the experience, stating, "He's a very important person in the world. He came in and went up with me. I was all sweaty and I had my aerosol sprays. It was an incredible surprise."

When asked how he would react if Messi himself were to stop by and witness his masterpiece, Bagnasco playfully responded, "I don't know, it would be another surprise. Imagine if I had this surprise all the time, I would die. I would die right here."

MLS has secured a lucrative television deal worth $2.5 billion over a period of 10 years with Apple. Additionally, the league has signed a four-year agreement with Fox to broadcast games simultaneously. Univision, a longstanding partner of MLS, currently holds the rights to broadcast certain Leagues Cup games, a newly established competition between MLS and Liga MX, the Mexican league, set to commence this summer. The highly anticipated debut of Messi is scheduled for July 21, when he will represent Inter Miami in their Leagues Cup opener against Cruz Azul, a Mexican team.

Furthermore, Inter Miami is said to have reached an agreement with Messi's former Barcelona teammates, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. The club's social media accounts hinted at Busquets' arrival through a video posted on June 23. However, it remains uncertain whether the upcoming event on Sunday will also feature the official announcement of Busquets and Alba joining the team.

As anticipation continues to build, fans eagerly await the official confirmation of Lionel Messi's arrival at Inter Miami. The potential broadcast of his unveiling during the Gold Cup final halftime promises to be a momentous event, while the enthusiasm exhibited by David Beckham further fuels the excitement surrounding Messi's transfer. For now, all eyes remain on South Florida, anticipating the announcement that will undoubtedly shape the future of soccer in the United States.


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