Lionel Messi has created a revolution in the American market. Since the Argentine star arrived in Miami, the economic and social impact has been evident at every level. Nelson Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of MLS, spoke about this topic at Ole Summit Sports.
“The league has grown tremendously since its inception in 1996. Since 2008, we have had our own ambitions. We want whether you are a player, coach or referee, MLS is the fight for your destination. And Messi has shown that.”
“As is known, Beckham was there in 2007 and had a big impact in bringing Messi to Miami, besides the Mas brothers convinced Messi. That development is thanks to the owners.”
Regarding the difference between David Beckham’s arrival at LA Galaxy in 2007 and Messi’s recent arrival, Rodriguez commented: “Messi is different from Beckham: Beckham is a famous personand they know him beyond the sports pages, whereas Leo has won everything in sports, with class and humility.”
Thanh Vu | 10:49 September 10, 2023