Lionel Messi says he has rediscovered the joy of soccer in the United States. He describes his move to Inter Miami as “the opposite” of his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi (36 years old) told American media: “I can say that I am very happy with the decision we made, not only with regard to football.” “But it was also a good decision for my family, if you see how we live every day, how we enjoy the city and this new experience. The reception from the people has been exceptional from day one, not only in Miami.” “I am happy and enjoying this new chapter of my life. I have always wanted to experience living in the United States.”
While it was clear that Messi had difficulty adapting to Paris Saint-Germain, he is shining as usual in Miami. He said: “As I said at the time, my departure to Paris was not something I wanted, it was not that I wanted to leave Barcelona and it happened overnight, so to speak.” “I also had to get used to a completely different place from where I had lived all my life, both in the city and in the sporting sense. Well, it was difficult, but it was the opposite. Lee is here now.”
According to the Argentine star player, American football is on the rise. “I believe that football in the United States has grown tremendously in recent years, and the recent results of the US national team are evidence of that,” he said. “Also in the World Cup, America had a great, very competitive team. It’s time for the league to make that leap and stop looking what it’s been looking for for a while. It’s all here to watch football at the highest level.”
Inter Miami will be in the final battle for the League Cup next weekend, a cup tournament for clubs from the American and Mexican leagues. He added, “It would be incredible for me and the entire club to win the League Cup. Miami is a young team and winning titles helps a lot.”
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