Lionel Messi Announces Retirement with Inter Miami – Media7

Lionel Messi has officially announced that Inter Miami will be the last club he will play for before retiring. At 36, although he is not yet ready to talk about retirement, he recognizes that his days in football are numbered. “Inter Miami will be my last club. I love playing football and I enjoy every moment because I know the time I have left to play is limited,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

An Impressive Journey and a New Adventure in MLS

After spending 20 years playing in Europe for prestigious clubs like FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Messi signed a contract with Inter Miami, which runs until the end of 2025. Since arriving in Major League Soccer (MLS) last year, he demonstrated his immediate and significant impact on the field.

Adaptation and Unwavering Passion for Football

Messi shared his feelings on his move to MLS: “I’ve been doing this my whole life; I love playing football. I love the training, the daily routine and the matches. There is always a fear that this will all end. Leaving Europe to come here was a difficult step,” he explained. Despite the challenges, his passion for the sport remains unwavering.

Outstanding Performances at Inter Miami

Since joining Inter Miami, the Argentine star has scored 12 goals this season and led the team to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. His arrival sparked a dramatic turnaround for the franchise, culminating in a League Cup victory, the club’s first major trophy.

Upcoming Challenges and Participation in the League Cup

Miami is preparing to face the Philadelphia Union next Saturday and open the League Cup on July 27 against Puebla. Fans are eagerly waiting to see if Messi will continue to shine on the pitch.

Uncertainty over the 2026 World Cup

As for the 2026 World Cup in North America, Messi’s participation remains uncertain. “La Pulga”, who led Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup, will play with Argentina at the Copa América this summer. The team will begin the tournament against Canada on June 20. Messi’s decision to play in 2026 will largely depend on his health at that time.

In conclusion, Lionel Messi’s career with Inter Miami marks a new era for the football legend. His influence on and off the field continues to inspire fans around the world. As he enjoys his final years as a professional player, all eyes are on his future performances and his decisions regarding his participation in the 2026 World Cup.

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