‘Without Lionel Messi, you can do nothing’ – Ex-MLS star Julio Baptista explains the challenges facing Inter Miami & their incredible signing


The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has moved to Florida as a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. A return to Barcelona or lucrative switch to the Middle East had been speculated on for Messi, but he has decided to chase the American dream.

Former Real Madrid and Arsenal star Baptista once did that himself – also in the Sunshine State with Orlando City – meaning that the Brazilian is well placed to pass judgement on what the immediate future has in store for Messi. Will he make MLS one of the best leagues in the world and is he capable of scoring 30-plus goals a season? GOAL put those questions to a man in the know…