Rick Ross is among the many public figures based in Miami who are thrilled to have Lionel Messi represent their city on the soccer field.
On Monday (July 17), Rozay pulled up to a mural of the Argentinian athlete with a bottle of Belaire Rosé to celebrate his arrival in Florida. The Teflon Don rapper took photographs in front of the wall art that read “Welcome to Miami,” which he subsequently posted on Instagram.
In the caption, he wrote: “@leomessi welcome to Miami. Now let’s celebrate with this bottle of @officialbelaire [champagne classes emoji].”
“Messi, I pulled out the Batmobile just to come show you love,” Ross said while standing next to his Lamborghini in a separate post on his Instagram Story. “Messi, welcome to 305 [Miami’s area code].”
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This isn’t Messi’s only rap-related story linked to his arrival in Miami. The former Barcelona player recently used Lil Baby‘s music during his MLS initiation. On Sunday (July 16), he was introduced in front of a packed DRV PNK Stadium on a rainy Florida night. As he made his way to the stage, “The World Is Yours to Take” boomed through the speakers.
The OG Parker-produced track, which samples the 1985 Tears For Fears’ hit, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” has roots in the sport as it was one of the official soundtracks for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The 4PF boss reposted the moment on his Instagram Stories and tagged Messi along with a handful of fire emojis.
“Before anything, I want to give thanks to Miami for this reception and the kindness since I arrived to the city,” Messi said in Spanish while addressing the fans. “To be honest, I’m very emotional and very happy to be here in Miami and to be with you.
“I’m very happy to have chosen to come to this city with my family and to have chosen this project. I don’t have a doubt that we’ll enjoy it and we’ll have a good time and beautiful things will happen.”
The 36-year-old will suit up in his signature No. 10 for his Inter Miami debut at DRV PNK Stadium on Friday night (July 21). His team is scheduled to take on Mexico’s Cruz Azul as part of the Leagues Cup 2023.
Messi, who is widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has plenty of work to do when the MLS season restarts as Inter Miami is currently ranked at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.