The Messi Effect book explores story behind MLS’ record signing

A new book surrounding Lionel Messi’s move to Major League Soccer is now officially in the works. The Argentina international shocked many around the world when he joined Inter Miami in the summer. Paul Tenorio, a soccer writer for The Athletic, is authoring the upcoming book entitled The Messi Effect.

According to the publisher, the upcoming book is set to be a “behind-the-scenes story of international soccer great Lionel Messi’s arrival in America to play out the last act of his legendary career, at once an examination of the GOAT’s brilliant game, career, and legacy but also an insider view of the $150 million shock deal involving MLS, Apple, and Messi himself aimed at elevating the game in the U.S. to never-before-seen heights.”

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No doubt, Lionel Messi joining Inter Miami has had an effect on soccer in the United States. During July and August, his goals for Inter Miami made the Leagues Cup a must-see during the summer months. Prior to the Argentine’s arrival, the competition received significantly less fanfare.

But outside of those exciting games, what has his impact been? Miami missed the playoffs after finishing 14th out of 15 Eastern Conference clubs. The team previously sat bottom of the standings when Messi initially arrived to the team. Record sales for tickets and shirts have been achieved though, as well as increased publicity about anything and everything Messi does. But what else?

Apple TV+’s docuseries Messi Meets America has been a flop and was panned by critics. In the meantime, paid subscription numbers for MLS Season Pass, the streaming service for games, have still not been revealed. It is typically not a good sign when networks or streaming services hold on to viewership statistics.

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Nevertheless, many soccer fans around the United States will be interested in the upcoming story. After…


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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2023-11-13 19:13:46

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