Lionel Messi has landed in Florida with his family on Tuesday evening. The 36-year-old Argentinian will sign with Inter Miami, which has been looking forward to his arrival for weeks. The date of Messi’s presentation can now also be put on the agenda.
Messi arrives in Florida: date of presentation at Inter Miami known
Inter Miami also shared a message about ‘The Unveil’ on Tuesday, or the revelation. The name of Messi does not mention the club, but American media are sure that it is about the presentation of the Argentinian. It is scheduled for Sunday around midnight (Dutch time).
Messi also briefly talked about his upcoming transfer. He said, “My mentality has not changed, I will give everything for myself and my new club. As a family we are very happy with the choice we made. We are ready and can’t wait to take on this challenge.”
Inter Miami hopes that Messi can make his debut against Cruz Azul on July 21.
No word on his future: Mbappé praises African football
Meanwhile for Messi’s former teammate, in France and Spain, the media eagerly awaited an interview that Kylian Mbappé would give to television channel NCI Sports on Tuesday. Hoping for questions about his future at Paris Saint-Germain, several newspapers came to the website with live blogs, but to their great disappointment, the media subsequently saw that Mbappé did not mention PSG or Real Madrid.
Just like last summer, Paris is all about Mbappé. After all, the star player did not extend his contract until 2025 last year, but until 2024 with the option to extend the contract by a year afterwards. PSG is now in a split and is terrified that Mbappé will walk out the door on a free transfer next year. According to L’Équipe, the club gave Mbappé an ultimatum. Before July 31, he must exercise the option or not. If he does not, PSG wants to sell him this summer.
The attacker was not asked about his future
The interview on African television was Mbappé’s first since news of PSG’s ultimatum. However, the attacker was not asked about his future and mainly spoke about the development of African football. “There really is a revolution going on. Morocco did well at the World Cup, Tunisia beat us in the group stage. They are high quality teams with players from all over the world. The level goes up every year. I have a lot of respect for that,” Mbappe revealed.
Mbappé was also asked if he hopes for an African country to win the World Cup. The forward answered, “Not really, because I want to become world champion a few more times myself. But if we don’t succeed, then an African team, please. Morocco did great in Qatar. They knocked out big countries and turned it into an incredible World Cup. They made it difficult for us, but luckily we took them out.”
Mbappé is visiting his native Cameroon and also explained what he came to do. He said, “I have a lot to do here. My family, my foundation. I want to contribute in my way. We have built a school here and there are other projects. There are no limits if you want to help. We are not going to save the world with it, but we must do the maximum. I am always happy to be here. I follow the country, I follow the football league here. Africa is close to my heart.”