Lionel Messi, widely regarded as the greatest player in soccer history, has left Paris Saint-Germain and will join David Beckham’s Inter Miami in South Florida.
Yesterday, Messi turned down a three-year contract worth up to €1.6 billion from Al-Hilal.
He also turned down Barcelona because he “heard that they had to sell players or lower player salaries, and the truth is that he didn’t want to go through that, or take charge of obtaining something that had to do with all of that,” according to SPORT.
Lionel Messi leaves Europe as the all-time leading scorer and assister in all competitions and the top five leagues.
What does Messi deal include?
Lionel Messi will be paid a percentage of MLS Season Pass subscriptions from Apple TV. ADIDAS will pay him a percentage of Inter Miami shirt sales, and at the end of his career, he may be able to purchase an MLS franchise.
It should be noted that all MLS franchises contributed financially to bring the Argentine to the United States.
Messi Impact on Inter Miami
Inter Miami had just over a million Instagram followers prior to the massive Messi announcement; now, the football club has over 5 million followers.
When will Messi make his debut for Inter Miami?
Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami is final, but certain formalities must be completed. As a result, Messi’s first appearances for Inter Miami may have to wait.
Before he can be registered with another club, Messi must finish the remaining weeks of his contract with PSG, which expires on June 30.
He will take a three-week vacation with his family before starting work with his new teammates.
The MLS schedule will pause after the regular season games on the weekend of July 15-16 to accommodate the 2023 Leagues Cup, a tournament between MLS clubs and their Liga MX counterparts. Inter Miami will compete in Group South 3 alongside Cruz Azul and Atlanta United.
According to ESPN, Messi’s first game with the team could be on July 21st in the first Leagues Cup group game against Cruz Azul at the DRV PNK Stadium, Miami. It will be the team’s first game against a Mexican opponent.
Messi is expected to make his MLS debut on August 21st against Charlotte FC.
“Pop Tarts & Rat Tales,” the first episode of HBO’s “The Idol,” is about Lily-Rose Depp’s character Jocelyn’s leaked selfie after someone finished on her face after being intimate. Jocelyn goes to the club to let loose while her team works behind the scenes to get the photo scraped from the internet.
This brings Jocelyn into contact with The Weeknd’s character Tedros, an enigmatic nightclub owner who intends to unleash her full musical potential by completely controlling her. Tedros is a weirdo, and Jocelyn should avoid him but doesn’t.
In some ways, The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp’s chemistry felt forced. Because there is no dialogue, Jocelyn and Tedros appear to be cheap knock-offs of Harley Quinn and the Joker. I wished they had delivered their lines more effectively. My favorite dialogue between the two was when they were talking about Prince, and then things continued to go downhill from there.
The series has potential. I wish they had brought in “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn to help with Jocelyn’s development because I have no idea where they want to take this character. Do they want to play with her mental health or make her a savage? In any case, I believe Flynn could have helped Jocelyn bring out the best in both worlds while keeping her entertaining. Because of the show’s poor script, I do not care for the main character.
It’s also odd that they mentioned mental health at the start of the first episode. I thought the first scene, in which Jocelyn is doing a photo shoot and killing all her shots while crying deep down inside, was very telling but was never explored at all. We see her team terrified the entire episode about Jocelyn finding out about the explicit image being leaked, but we see nothing from her mental state when she finds out.
What’s going through her mind right now as her team informs her of what happened?
Also, as a BLACKPINK fan, I believe they used Jennie Kim’s star power to simply attract more viewers to the series. One of my favorite moments in the first episode is when her character Anys shows Jocelyn the routine and then fades away, and I believe this will be the case for the rest of the series. It’s ironic that the show follows a pop star but fails to use one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now.
On a show about women, they are failing to develop any of the female characters. Even the show’s creators see Jocelyn as a meal ticket because we get nothing from her. Jennie’s sole purpose is to bring viewers to the show. Rachel Sennott’s character is the stereotypically annoying best friend, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph should get more screen time. It also appears that they include random sex and nudity scenes to keep the audience from switching to another streaming app.
The only way the series can be entertaining is if Tedros takes on the role of the Joker or Evan Peters in “American Horror Story: Hotel.” To keep this season interesting, The Weeknd will need to deliver an award-winning performance. As of now, I believe the show will attract a large number of viewers simply because of the people in the series, but I believe it was rushed and needed more development because it had the potential to be a great series.
MAX is currently streaming The Idol Episode 1, with new episodes premiering every Sunday.
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The animation in ‘One Piece’ episode 1064 was fantastic, with hilarious and epic fight scenes. The audience is even given a spoiler at the end of the episode.
While Luffy and Kaido continue their epic, the people of the Flower Capital begin to prepare for the festival’s climax, with women and children preparing sky lanterns.
Kaido steals the show when he gets drunk mid-fight, just as Luffy begins to gain the upper hand. I have to say that drunk Kaido is one of the most entertaining anime characters I’ve seen in recent memory. He’s sobbing about missing his banquet in the middle of a fight while getting the better of Luffy in their exchanges.
Drunk Kaido transformed into his dragon form “Sad Drunk Phase” and used “Dragon Demolition Twister.” He also enters his hybrid form “Crying Drunk Phase,” in which he is literally showing off at this point in the fight.
The fight took a minor turn when Kaido attempted to use Thunder Bagua, but Luffy kicked him in the face. He eventually grabs Luffy’s foot, resulting in the epic ACOC headbutt clash.
To be honest, One Piece’s animation budget has been non-existent since the manga outsold every single Batman comic ever created combined.
Kaido’s haki grows stronger after the epic headbutt and enters his hybrid form ‘Angry Drunk Phase,’ using ‘Blast Breath,’ but Luffy dodges it and counters with a new attack ‘Roc Gatling,’ resulting in Kaido using ‘Gundare Meteor Shower,’ causing both of them to take damage.
Luffy uses his bare hand to repel a ‘Thunder Bagua’ attack. He delivers a vital kick to Kaido’s stomach, causing him to spit blood. Even though Kaido is drunk, it appears that Luffy evolves as the fight progresses.
I personally despise it when the show cuts to a different scene during the main fight, but this scene was very telling. The episode goes inside Mary Geoise as the five elders discuss their plans for Nico Robin. It flashes to a massive shadow as World Government ships arrive in Wano.
The scene shifts back to Mary Geoise, where the five elders are discussing a certain devil fruit, revealing that they changed its name to conceal the truth about its true nature. They showed the fruit in a treasure chest in the episode.
Many people on social media are upset because Toei Animation spoiled certain characters’ devil fruit revealed in the latest episode.
For Manga readers, are you upset that they revealed this character’s devil fruit so early?
‘One Piece’ episode 1062 is the epitome of top-tier animation. Many people witnessed the conclusion of the Zoro versus King fight, which marked the defeat of the final member of Kaido’s Calamities.
Before Zoro slays King, one of the greatest swordsmen of all time decides to show us his new King of Hell three sword style. The new style still has a lot of unknowns because the episode didn’t tell us how Zoro got it. It appears that he infuses his sword with a combination of Armament and Advanced Conqueror’s Haki, which he only recently activated for the first time against King.
Personally, I believe the King of Hell three sword style is still incomplete because it has multiple layers to it, as well as the way Zoro transitioned into it. He appears to be able to use the style only when Enma extracts the greatest amount of Haki from him, both Armament and Conqueror’s Haki. From the quick demonstration in the episode, it makes him more powerful and efficient for long-range attacks. Before the episode ended, he stated that he was coming for the title of ‘King of Hell,’ which leads me to believe that there will be more.
The endurance of Zoro’s new King of Hell three sword style is its weakness. He can’t do it for long because it will kill him; it reminds me of Naruto’s Baryon mode. They both appeared unstoppable in their forms, but their forms were causing them to self-destruct.
Some people may have missed Roronoa Zoro’s statement about becoming “King of Hell.” His devotion to Luffy’s dreams is unparalleled. He is willing to become the devil in order for Luffy to become King of the Pirates. In the flashback, he promises Luffy that he will never lose again. I believe the first time he used Conqueror’s Haki was when he recalled meeting Luffy.
This episode was so thrilling that it left us with so many questions about Zoro’s progress as a swordsman. I’m looking forward to seeing more flashbacks of Zoro’s training sessions with Mihawk and the more things he will provide for the crew.
Apple TV+ has released a teaser for the second season of “Foundation,” the epic saga from storyteller David S. Goyer, and has announced that the show will return for season two on Friday, July 14.
The 10-episode second season of “Foundation,” based on Isaac Asimov’s award-winning stories, will premiere globally with one episode on Friday, July 14, on Apple TV+, followed by new episodes weekly, every Friday, and will feature an international cast led by Emmy-nominated actors Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside rising stars Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey.
“Foundation” season 2 picks up more than a century after the season one finale, as tensions rise across the galaxy, a vengeful queen plots to destroy the Empire from within as the Cleons fall apart. Hari, Gaal, and Salvor come across a colony of Mentalics with psionic abilities that threaten to alter the course of psychohistory. The Foundation has begun its religious phase, spreading the Church of Seldon throughout the Outer Reach and sparking the Second Crisis: war with Empire.
The epic adaptation of “Foundation” follows the stories of four pivotal individuals as they face deadly crises, shifting loyalties, and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine humanity’s fate.
The returning cast includes Laura Birn, Cassian Bilton, and Terrence Mann, season two of “Foundation” introduces new characters and stars, including Isabella Laughland (Brother Constant), Kulvinder Ghir (Poly Verisof), Ella-Rae Smith (Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion), Holt McCallany (Warden Jaegger Fount), Rachel House (Tellem Bond), Nimrat Kaur (Yanna Seldon), Ben Daniels (Bel Riose), and Dimitri Leonidas (Hober Mallow).
Skydance Television is producing “Foundation” for Apple TV under the direction of showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer, along with Alex Graves, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bill Bost, Robin Asimov, and Marcy Ross.