Lionel Messi is now enjoying his free time and also enjoying a short period without football. He played his last matches in the Argentina jersey after not playing a competitive match for a month. Since the summer he has been playing in the MLS and related competitions overseas. How does he perceive the quality of football in the USA and how long does he intend to represent it?
After two particularly life-suffering years in Paris, Lionel Messi made his way to the United States this summer when he signed for Inter Miami. He is enjoying life in Florida to the full, as well as the game. Moreover, he has a somewhat freer regime than he would have had in Europe.
He can spend more time with his family and enjoy not being under the enormous pressure he was under for years in Europe. And that he’s happy off the pitch? You can tell on the field, too. He may not have played as much for Miami due to health issues, but his impact has been noticeable.
When he did play, Miami barely lost. Plus, Messi led the team to the first club trophy in history. In total, he played 14 competitive games with a record of 11 goals scored and 5 assists.
Moreover, he has old friends in the team. He enjoys playing football again with Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba, and in recent months there has also been talk that Luis Suárez, another friend of the Argentine legend, could strengthen Inter.
However, it cannot be said at all that Messi has given up on football. He still wants to play at the highest level and be useful, especially in the Argentine national team. It was in connection with this topic that he spoke to the media.
Messi talks about the quality of MLS and his position in the national team
Lionel Messi led Argentina to the coveted World Cup title in Qatar. Since then, it’s as if all the weight has been lifted from him. What’s more, he won his eighth Ballon d’Or. He is the greatest footballer in history. He has nothing to prove.
That’s why he doesn’t even need to convince anyone that MLS is somehow extremely good, like players heading to Saudi Arabia do, for example, to claim that it’s a good league with great players that can become the best.
And what about his position in the national team? He could end his career, however it seems as long as he is useful he still wants to help the team.
“I’ve said it several times and it’s still the same. I will always try to be as useful as possible for the team. I’m the first to know when I can offer something to the Argentina team and when I can’t. I’m also aware that I went to a lesser league. As long as I feel that I am okay and can be useful to the team, I will represent,” Goal quotes Messi as saying.
Messi will not appear on the pitch until the end of the year. His fans will have to wait until 2024 for his next spell. That, by the way, will be a big one for Argentina as they would like to win the Copa América winner’s trophy.
Source: Goal, Transfermarkt
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