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What Lionel Messi, soccer's transcendent star, will mean for MLS

By Steven Goff

09 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Lionel Messi's potential move to Inter Miami is different from past glamour signings in American soccer leagues.

Lionel Messi is not the first global soccer superstar to come ashore in America near the end of a marvelous career.

In the 1970s and '80s, North American Soccer League's imports included Pelé, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer. MLS has welcomed David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba, among many others.

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