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US Soccer's New Star

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi makes his highly anticipated US debut tonight, suiting up for Inter Miami CF as they take on Mexico City's Cruz Azul as part of the Leagues Cup (8 pm ET, Apple TV+). The match will be played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with some tickets reportedly going for as much as $56K.

Messi is widely viewed as one of the greatest soccer players of all time and the highest-profile player to join Major League Soccer, having spent the bulk of his career at FC Barcelona and the past two years at Paris Saint-Germain FC. The 36-year-old Argentine has won a record seven Ballon d'Or awards—given to the world's best male player each year—and is the second-leading scorer of all time, with 807 goals. His contract runs through 2025 and may reach as high as $60M per year with bonuses.

On the pitch, Messi led Argentina to its first World Cup title since 1986 last year, scoring two goals in the final against France. In his new home, he was spotted casually shopping for groceries at a Miami-area Publix (w/video).

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