Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler 'excited' for Lionel Messi's impact - ESPN
Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler said he was "excited" for Lionel Messi's potential impact on the city following news that the Argentine World Cup winner would be signing for Major League Soccer club Inter Miami CF.
Messi, 35, announced on Wednesday that he intended to join Inter Miami once his contract with French champions Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of this month.
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News that one of the greatest and most decorated players in history would be heading to South Beach has already caused a buzz around the soccer world and beyond.
Butler, the leading figure for a Heat team currently facing off with the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals, was asked during a media availability Thursday what impact he thought Messi could have on soccer in the United States.