Lionel Messi’s wife Antonela Roccuzzo has shared a video of her sons singing an Inter Miami song as the family embrace “new beginnings” in America.
A stunning deal has taken seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to the United States after reaching the end of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine icon has bid farewell to European football, as he readies himself for a fresh start in MLS, and he was given a rapturous – albeit a little rain-soaked – reception when being introduced to the Florida natives on Sunday. Roccuzzo was alongside her husband during his official unveiling – as were kids Thiago, Ciro and Mateo – with the Messi clan already feeling the “love” shown to them by a new fan base.
Roccuzzo posted on Instagram: “New beginnings. How beautiful the love with which they received you, Leo Messi! Always by your side!” She also included a video of her three sons donning Inter Miami jerseys and chanting the team’s name.
Messi is set to make his debut for Inter Miami in a Leagues Cup clash with Cruz Azul on Friday and told those at his unveiling: “First of all I want to thank all the people of Miami for this welcome, this affection. I want to thank you for the kindness and love that you have given me. This has happened so fast. I am very happy to be here, to be with you. I want to thank Jose (Mas, Miami co-owner), David (Beckham) for the welcome. They are making everything easy for us, everything has been spectacular since we arrived. I really want to start training and compete. I want to win for the club to continue growing. I hope that you will join us as you have since the season began. I thank my new colleagues for the welcome. I am very happy to have chosen this city with my family, to have chosen this project. I have no doubt that we are going to have a good time. Thank you all very much for this day.”