Lionel Messi ‘The Unveil’ – all you need to know: where can I watch? When is it? Will Inter Miami’s new star speak? And will David Beckham be there?
- Lionel Messi will be warmly welcomed to Major League Soccer at Sunday’s event
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It was Major League Soccer’s worst-kept secret, but Lionel Messi was finally announced by Inter Miami as one of their own on Saturday.
The World Cup winner has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with a player option for 2026 in a complicated deal.
Miami will roll out the red carpet – or the pink carpet, if you will – for a player widely regarded as the greatest of all time and the greatest MLS transfer to date.
While there’s a big task ahead of Messi as Miami try to get back into the playoff talk, there will be a celebration of his arrival with a ceremony on Sunday.
This event will be broadcast live around the world and MailSport can reveal how to tune in.
After a long wait, Lionel Messi was officially announced as an Inter Miami player on Saturday
Messi joins after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain in France this season
Inter Miami will feature Messi at a special event on Sunday, July 16
Where can I watch?
Inter Miami will be offering what they call a “Historic Night” for free on the MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
Parts of this event will also be streamed for free on the club’s Twitter account, as well as on their YouTube and Twitch channels.
The MLS Facebook account will also broadcast a stream, as will InterMiamiCF.com and MLSsoccer.com.
Apple TV promoted Messi’s arrival by displaying billboards with a pink colored goat.
Apple TV to air Messi reveal after promoting his arrival for weeks
When is it?
The event will officially begin on Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
It seems like a change in time from when it was originally planned. This means that there will no longer be a conflict with the Gold Cup final between Panama and Mexico.
The event was moved to 6:00 p.m. EST, avoiding a clash in the Gold Cup Finals
Where will this take place?
This event will take place live from the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
DRV PNK will be Messi’s home stadium for the next few years until the team moves to a planned location in downtown Miami.
Messi will be revealed to fans at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale
Will Messi speak at the event?
Yes, Messi is expected to deliver what the club calls an ‘inspirational’ speech at his own unveiling.
He will be happy with his new club by addressing the fans who have been anticipating his arrival for more than a month.
Messi is set to speak at his unveiling, delivering what the club calls an ‘inspirational’ speech
Will there be other entertainment to watch?
Not only will Messi be officially unveiled as an Inter player, but those watching and in attendance will also see musical performances.
World-renowned Latin artists Ozuna and Camilo will perform.
Audiences will also take part in a “one-of-a-kind celebration organized by international party collective BRESH, featuring performances by Argentinian artists Paulo Londra and Tiago PZK”.
Latin music artists Ozuna (L) and Camilo (R) will perform live for the crowd
Will Messi be the only signing announced?
It’s not confirmed but the event could also result in Sergio Busquets being unveiled as an Inter Miami player.
The former Barcelona player will reunite with Messi in Miami this season.
Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets may also be revealed
Will David Beckham be there?
Yes, the club co-owner will be present and is expected to give a speech.
Beckham secured the right to own an MLS team written into his contract when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2007.
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham will be present and speak at the event