NBA superstar LeBron James has weighed in on Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami in the MLS, expressing his belief that Messi’s presence has brought a new level of prestige to the league.
Following his departure from Europe last summer, Messi joined Inter Miami, concluding his illustrious career filled with numerous trophies.
Despite receiving offers from Saudi Arabia and contemplating a return to Barcelona, Messi ultimately opted for the MLS in July. His arrival generated significant excitement, with global superstars tuning in to watch his debut in the Leagues Cup.
LeBron James attended Messi’s first match at the DRV PNK Stadium in July, witnessing the Argentine forward’s impactful performance off the bench against Cruz Azul, where he secured a 2-1 victory for Inter Miami with a stoppage-time free-kick.
The Los Angeles Lakers star believes Messi’s presence in the MLS has transformed the league, attracting a fresh wave of soccer enthusiasts. In a conversation with ESPN journalist Dave McMenamin, the 39-year-old expressed his profound respect for Messi and his remarkable achievements.
“Seeing the GOAT of soccer, Lionel Messi, grace the MLS with his immense talent is a game-changer for us. His arrival not only elevates the league but also inspires a new generation of soccer fans in our country,” said James.
“Messi’s journey exemplifies unparalleled dedication, work ethic, and talent, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. I wish him all the best,” James added.
While Messi follows in the footsteps of football legends like Pele, Johan Cruyff, and Franz Beckenbauer in playing in the MLS, recent years have also seen stars like Thierry Henry and David Beckham bring their talents to the USA.