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Lionel Messi officially unveiled as Inter Miami player in front of thousands of fans

Lionel Messi officially unveiled as Inter Miami player in front of thousands of fans

Footballing royalty has officially touched down in Miami.

Lionel Messi has touched down in Miami.

The Argentinian legend has officially been unveiled as an Inter Miami player in front of thousands of supporters.

Inter Miami's die-hard fans braved the torrential rain and packed inside DRV PNK Stadium to welcome footballing royalty to their club.

There was whispers on social media that the wet weather in Florida was going to force the club to postpone the event.

But thankfully, it all went ahead relatively smoothly – despite the two-hour delay.

To kick off proceedings, Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham - who was clearly overcome with the emotion - gave an address.

"Ten years ago, I started my journey to build a new MLS team," Becks said.

"I said then, I dreamt of bringing the best players in the world to South Florida and to the great city to Miami. Players who shared our ambition to grow soccer in this country ... We are so happy that you are all here to celebrate this incredible moment.

"So please forgive me for feeling a little bit emotional tonight. It truly is a dream come true to welcome Lionel Messi to Inter Miami ... Bienvenido a La Familia."


The signing of Sergio Busquets was then announced as the fellow Barcelona great was presented with his pink No.5 jersey.

Inter chief Jorge Mas then got on the microphone for the big moment,

"Tonight, we're doing this Miami-style in the rain! This is holy water," he said.

"We are recipients of the legacy of the greatest player to ever live.

"Introducing Inter Miami's number 10, America's number 10, the best number 10 in the world... Lionel Messi!"

Then, with the crowd cheering him on, Messi was unveiled to the masses.

As the rain poured down on top of him, the World Cup-winner made his way from the tunnel and onto the pitch where he was greeted by Beckham and Co.

He then gave a speech to the fans in Spanish before the club's officials played a video on the big screen.

In the clip, famous Miami locals - including Tom Brady and DJ Khaled - welcomed the Barcelona icon to their city.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/MLS

Topics: Football, Lionel Messi, Inter Miami, David Beckham, MLS