David Beckham recalls emotional day Lionel Messi said he was joining Inter Miami

David Beckham has revealed how a rude awakening went on to become one of the best moments of his life.

The Manchester United legend was fast asleep when his phone started buzzing on his bedside table at 5am. But when he managed to bundle his glasses onto his face and focus his bleary eyes, he realised one of his greatest ever missions had just been completed – Lionel Messi was on his way to Inter Miami.

Since then, the owner of the MLS franchise has been in dreamland. Messi has scored three goals and contributed one assist, including a 94th minute free-kick to secure a 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul on his debut.

While nobody likes being woken up at 5am, this was the one occasion where Beckham could not have been happier.

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“I was in Japan with the family and woke up at 5am because my phone kept vibrating,” Beckham said to the Athletic. “My wife (Victoria Beckham) was like: ‘Really?! Turn your phone off!’. I look on my phone and I’m like: ‘What’s happened? Something’s happened!’.

“I put my glasses on and I’m like: ‘Leo’s coming! It’s done! He has announced it!’. My wife was like: ‘What do you mean he has announced it?’. I said: ‘He has gone on TV and said he’s coming to Inter Miami!’.

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“I get goosebumps talking about it. I phoned Jorge (Mas) straight away and got emotional because I know what we’ve gone through over the last few years. Trying to build this club, the obstacles, the challenges — trying to get land (to build a stadium), going to legal battles… for all of the problems we’ve had, this one moment changed everything.

“It changed our whole club. Once Victoria woke up properly, she hugged me, and that’s when I got emotional again. I have come in every single morning at 7.30am to just see him — to just know it’s real.”

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As well as Messi, they also managed to get a deal over the line for his former Barcelona teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. But while Beckham and his fellow board of directors were thrilled to capture the Spanish World Cup winners, Messi is the real jewel in the crown. “I never thought I would have the same feeling as an owner as I had when I was a player,” Beckham added.

“When I got the phone call, I had the feeling I had when I walked out at Old Trafford or Wembley. I was like, ‘We’ve just beaten all competition to sign the greatest player to ever play our game’.”

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