According to Victor Montagliani, Messi’s move to MLS demonstrates that there is ‘no ceiling’ for football in North America.

According to the continent’s senior football administrator, Lionel Messi’s presence in Major League Soccer indicates there is “no ceiling” for the game in North America.

On Sunday, Messi will be introduced to supporters at an event hosted by his new club Inter Miami, while a sell-out 70,000-person audience will witness Mexico face Panama in the Gold Cup final at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) president, Victor Montagliani, believes the time has come to improve the region’s attitude of football.

“Everyone has always looked at our region as the future of football,” he said, according to BBC Sport.

“However, our region is also present in terms of our leagues, clubs, competition, and what we bring to the table on a global scale.”

“This is just the start. In our location, there is no limit to the game’s expansion.

“Having Lionel Messi in the MLS is a huge boost.”

“Not only is he the best player in the world on the field, but he has also been a fantastic ambassador for the game off it.” It’s not just the broad picture for the league – and it’s a huge boost for the league. At the micro level, you can see that tickets for visiting teams have skyrocketed.”

While Messi will draw a lot of attention in every game he plays, the Gold Cup this month also marks the start of a series of major tournaments in North America, including the Copa America in 2024 and the first 32-team Club World Cup in 2025, which leads to the World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in 2026.

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