Inter Miami CF’s Announcement: Lionel Messi has been named Inter Miami’s 2023 Most Valuable Player.
The team announced its list of annual end-of-year awards on November 11th.
Messi was named the club’s MVP, while Drake Callender was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The Argentine was named MVP following Miami’s tough loss to NYCFC on November 10th.
Despite the Heron’s poor season finale, Messi’s 2023 campaign stood out among the rest. The World Cup winner finished the year with 14 G/A across all competitions, helping his team win the Leagues Cup in August.
Furthermore, the 36-year-old’s off-field impact has propelled Inter Miami to the forefront of world football. According to the New York Times, Messi’s pink Miami home jersey is the second-best-selling jersey in the United States.
As the Argentine enters his second season with the South Florida club, expect his influence to grow both within the team and throughout Major League Soccer.
Inter Miami and Messi are ready for 2024.
Inter Miami has high expectations for 2024.
Despite winning the club’s first trophy, the Herons struggled to maintain their form and failed to make the playoffs.
Despite a poor finish to the season, Messi was a key component of Miami’s attack.
The Argentine’s 11-goal performance in the Leagues Cup helped the Herons establish their legacy. Furthermore, despite playing only 372 minutes in the Major League Soccer season, Messi contributed one goal and two assists.
As the club prepares for the upcoming season, they will want to correct the mistakes they made in 2023. This could include the signing of Luis Suárez and a shift in strategy.
Overall, the men in pink appear to be up to the task at hand. Messi’s MVP award is just the beginning of the team’s quest for more hardware.
2023 ended on a low note, but if Inter Miami’s off-season plans are any indication, 2024 looks to be a trophy-laden season.