- Messi named in end of year shortlist
- Has had huge impact at Inter Miami
- Club nominated Argentine for MVP
WHAT HAPPENED? The Argentina captain has been included in the final three candidates for the MLS Newcomer of the Year award despite only playing six times in the competition for Inter Miami. The finalists were determined by a vote of MLS players, MLS club staff members (coaches, technical directors/general managers), and members of the media.
Game changers. 🔥
These newcomers took the league by storm. pic.twitter.com/uMo7XMJLWr
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 26, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite the fact that Messi only joined Inter Miami in July, it’s no surprise he’s a top contender for this prize, given the dramatic impact he’s made during his short time in the States. Match attendances have surged as fans rush to see the little magician in action, and his jaw-dropping wages are a testament to how crucial his presence is not just for his club but for the league’s growing reputation more broadly.
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