(Miami) Tata Martino, former coach of Barcelona and ex-coach of Argentina, has been appointed to the bench of Inter Miami, in the MLS, where he will find Lionel Messi, the Florida club announced on Wednesday.

His arrival at Inter Miami had been anticipated since the announcement of the arrival of the Argentine star at the beginning of the month.

Gerardo “Tata” Martino led the seven-time Ballon d’Or at FC Barcelona (2013-14) and in the national team (2014-2016).

The 60-year-old Argentine coach, who was Mexico coach until the World Cup in Qatar, has already served in MLS, winning the title in 2018 at the head of Atlanta United.

“We are very happy to be able to welcome Tata to Inter Miami, commented Jorge Mas, co-owner of the Florida club. We feel he is a coach who matches our ambitions and we are optimistic in our ability to achieve them together. »

Inter Miami shook the world of football by negotiating the signing of Lionel Messi, who is set to make his MLS debut on July 21.

After the end of his adventure at PSG, the 35-year-old world champion had the choice between three destinations: a return to the fold in Barcelona, ​​his training club, the call of petrodollars from Saudi Arabia, or the Major League. Soccer, on the other side of the Atlantic.

By announcing on June 7 that he had opted for Florida, he offered an exceptional spotlight on MLS.

Another Barca alum, Sergio Busquets, is on the way: Inter Miami announced last weekend the forthcoming arrival of the Spanish midfielder, who has worked alongside Messi at Barca for some 20 seasons, including training years .

According to Jorge Mas, five other transfers could follow.