Lionel Messi said two words that MLS would have appreciated if he hadn’t said them.
The league and Inter Miami rolled out the red carpet for the soccer superstar who made the jump from Paris St. Petersburg to MLS. Germain in July last year.
Messi, 36, signed a mega-contract that will earn him between $50 million and $60 million a year until 2025, which also includes an MLS season pass subscription on Apple+ and some Adidas merchandise.
He looked easy upon his arrival in the league, scoring 11 goals in 14 games and immediately increasing interest in Inter Miami’s game.
However, Messi did not paint the level of competition in the league in the best light when asked. In an interview with Star+ But his priorities for 2024 are:
Messi told the paper: “I’ve said it many times, but it’s the reality. I always try to compete as much as possible and I’m the first to know when I can be there and when I can’t be there. is me,” he said.
“I know I went to the minor leagues as well, but a lot of things happen based on how you face it and fight it.”
The club went on a 12-game unbeaten run and won its first ever trophy, the League’s Cup, but occasional injuries took a toll on Messi.
Due to the team’s poor start, they failed to advance to the MLS playoffs with 9 wins, 7 losses, and 18 losses.
Messi, who won his record eighth Ballon d’Or this season, wants to continue competing on the world stage for as long as he can.
He said he is focused on helping Argentina defend their 2021 Copa America title in Atlanta and Miami next summer.
“As long as I am fit and can continue to perform, I will (continue to play for Argentina). Today all I am thinking about is being able to participate and play in the Copa America,” he said. .
He also did not rule out the possibility of doing the same at the 2026 World Cup, although he is aware that his age could be an issue as Argentina aim to defend the championship once again. ing.
“Time will tell whether we will be able to play in the World Cup,” Messi said. “I’m at an age (39) that normally I wouldn’t be able to play in the World Cup.”