The secret to Lionel Messi’s’smile’ in the United States is revealed as the Argentine great loves his time with Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.
Lionel Messi has become more “confident” at Inter Miami now that his move to Major League Soccer(MLS) is complete. And none other than his wife Antonella Roccuzzo is to be credited for his success in America.
” At home, his wife Antonela is helping him settle, finding things out about Miami, such as the best places to eat and enjoy, as well as honing his look and his image off the pitch. “ Guillem Balague, the Spanish journalist, revealed to BBC Sport about Messi’s adjustment to life in the United States.
When his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired, the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner said his final farewell to European football. Rather than returning to Barcelona, Messi chose to join Manchester United star David Beckham in MLS.
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He has already tasted League Cup triumph in the United States and has regained his smile after a rough period in France. With his significant other Atonela assisting in maintaining his image and reputation.
“He now has the captain’s armband, although it was not what he wanted but rather something that was thrust upon him. And with the surging demand for anything Messi-related that can fill column inches and air time, going out in public is proving difficult. When he first arrived he was pictured visiting the supermarket. This is no longer possible because everybody knows he is in town, even those that do not follow football. “ Balague said.
“Meanwhile, he is committed to the Miami cause. He flew to Paris for the Ballon d’Or ceremony, arriving at 8am on the Monday and flying back to Miami immediately afterwards in the first minutes of the Tuesday to be back for training. Messi has also joined the players’ WhatsApp group, where he has shared some of his match tickets with those who need them. He even handed a penalty to his team-mate and forward Josef Martinez because Messi had been going through a spell without scoring.” Balague added.
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Balague even added how finding both Jordi Alba and Sergo Busquets has added to the comfort of Lionel Messi Both the former Barcelona teammates joined Inter Miami this season. Even Luis Suarez has been touted to join the MLS outfit.
“Messi has been reunited with former Barca team-mates Jordi Alba and Sergi Busquets, while Luis Suarez will almost certainly also soon join them. His time in Paris was not the happiest of his life. The fans didn’t get him. But now things are different and his next club target will be to go looking for victory for Inter Miami in MLS.” he added.
Suarez is set to join Inter Miami after parting ways with Gremio in Brazil. The veteran Uruguayan striker will contribute to Tata Martino’s team being even more competitive in 2024. Messi has set his sights on MLS Cup triumph in a year in which he will also attempt to defend Argentina’s Copa America title.