"The greatest player in the world" – Lionel Messi receives special praise from Nasser Al-Khelaifi ahead of Inter Miami debut

president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has heaped praise on Lionel Messi ahead of the Argentines Inter Miami debut later this month.

Messi, 36, confirmed last month in an interview with Mundo Deportivo and SPORT that he will join the Major League Soccer side on a free transfer. Hes expected to make his debut in their Leagues Cup contest against Cruz Azul on Friday July 21.

At a press conference, Al-Khelaifi lauded Messi, terming him the best player in the world I want to thank Messi, the greatest player in the world, for what he has done for us. He was magnificent. The two years were wonderful. We are not forgetting Sergio Ramos too, our soldier.

After joining PSG on a Bosman move in the summer of 2021, the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner lifted three trophies, including two Ligue 1 titles. He netted 32 goals and contributed 35 assists in 75 appearances across competitions.

According to ESPN, the left-footed forward is expected to sign a contract with Miami till December 2025 with an option for an additional year. Hes set to earn around €60 million annually.

Ramos, meanwhile, also joined PSG with the former Barcelona man ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. He appeared in 58 games across competitions at the heart of defence, scoring six goals and providing one assist.

According to SPORT, Inter Miami have opened preliminary talks with the Spaniard about a potential free transfer to Florida in the United States this summer. The 37-year-old player could team up with his former Spain teammate and Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets.

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