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MLS make Inter Miami kit decision after Lionel Messi impact

MLS make Inter Miami kit decision after Lionel Messi impact

Lionel Messi has helped Inter Miami make MLS kit history after his transformative impact.

Lionel Messi's incredible impact at Inter Miami will help the club make kit history, it has been revealed.

Messi scored 11 goals in 14 games for the Herons and helped them win a first trophy in their short history when they won the Leagues Cup on penalties.

The buzz surrounding the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner's switch to the MLS was unparalleled, with celebrities flocking to the DRV PNK Stadium to see Messi do his thing.

Demand for tickets was astronomical, while viewing figures went through the roof.

Messi also had a remarkable effect on shirt sales for David Beckham's franchise and they are now set to benefit in a huge way.

According to Footy Headlines, Inter will have a third kit in the 2024 season for the first time in their history.

And so too will LAFC, LA Galaxy, Kansas City and Portland Timbers.

Lionel Messi in action for Inter Miami (
Getty Images)

Adidas are the kit manufacturers for every team in the MLS and the two signed a new $830 million contract extension in February this year.

The record deal lasts until 2030 and reflects the growth of teams in the MLS.

Adidas made the decision to introduce third kits prior to Messi's game-changing arrival and four clubs were selected last season.

But it appears as though the 36-year-old's transfer is what has bagged Inter a new strip.

Lionel Messi scoring for Inter Miami (credit: Getty)
Lionel Messi scoring for Inter Miami (credit: Getty)

It's speculated that clubs must sell 100,000 shirts in order to qualify for a third kit and unsurprisingly, Messi was the top shirt-seller in the league on the official MLS store.

Forbes reported that Messi's move across the pond has resulted in Adidas' share prices increasing by 30 percent and market cap rising by around $10 billion.

It also created an unprecedented issue for the brand because of the volume of 'Messi 10' shirt orders.

Messi's unique contract means he takes a cut of merchandise sales from Adidas, who he has a lifetime deal with.

Inter's home and away strips are pink and blank but their all-new third jersey is set to be inspired by the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Lionel Messi, Inter Miami, MLS