Sergio Busquets, a former midfielder for Spain and Barcelona, will join Lionel Messi at Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer club that announced the acquisition of Busquets on Friday. Messi will play for Inter Miami.
Messi said earlier this month that he will be relocating to Miami, where he would now be able to play with Busquets, his old teammate from Barcelona.
Inter Miami announced the player’s arrival with a tweet shortly after he signed with the club.
In reference to Busquets’ nickname, “Si, Busi” was written in the tweet. The post had laudatory remarks about Busquets from a variety of individuals associated with the sport, including Vicente del Bosque, a former coach for Spain.
In May, Busquets said that he will finish out his contract with Barcelona and depart the club over the summer.
Before declaring his retirement from the Spain national team in December, the 34-year-old player had already played 143 times for his country.
Busquets has been an integral part of Barcelona’s success over the previous 15 years, which includes nine league crowns in Spain and three victories in the Champions League.
In 2010, Busquets, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi Hernandez formed an iconic midfield trio for Spain, and the three of them won the World Cup together. Busquets played the pivot role behind Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.
This week, Jorge Mas, the owner of Inter Miami, stated that the club anticipated making anywhere from three to five new players to complement Lionel Messi.
“We’ve been preparing our roster for Messi’s arrival in ’23, so we left an enormous amount of flexibility,” Mas said in an interview with the Herald. “We left an enormous amount of flexibility.”
“During the summer window, we will be making further signings, more than what most think… I am able to confirm that the number of signings we make might range anywhere from three to five.
It seems anticipated that Busquets will take up residence in one of the three ‘Designated Player’ positions available in the MLS. This is a designation given to high-earning players in the league whose salaries are exempt from the salary cap.
Another player who is popular in Spain and with Barcelona is left back Jordi Alba, and Inter Miami has been connected with him.