On 27 June 2016, Argentina captain Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football La Albiceleste suffered defeat to Chile in the Copa America final. Messi missed a penalty during the penalty shoot-out in the final.
However, Messi has since made a remarkable comeback to the national team. He led Argentina to the 2021 Copa America, his first international trophy. The diminutive magician then led his country to FIFA World Cup glory in 2022 and also won the Ballon d’Or by scoring seven goals and providing three assists.
After announcing his retirement in 2016, Messi said (via B/R Football):
“For me, the national team is over. I did everything I could. It hurts not to be champion.”
The return of Lionel Messi, however, was nothing short of phenomenal. He completed football after leading Argentina to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year. Fans reacted to the return as someone wrote on Instagram:
“The best comeback ever.”
Nani supported Lionel Messi to become a success in MLS
Lionel Messi is about to start a new journey in his career. The Argentine will join MLS club Inter Miami as a free agent when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) expires on June 30, 2023.
Ex-Manchester United star Nani, who previously played in the MLS for Orlando City, tipped Messi to be a success in the league. Nani said of the Argentina captaincy (via GOAL):
“I think it will be a really good experience for him. You have to have the strength to manage the little things that make it difficult for him, like turf and the long flights. He can handle that. He doesn’t care about it for all competitions. He will have a lot of fun with it.”
“Playing in America has been great for me and I think everyone here loves the lifestyle, and the momentum of the competition is fantastic. It’s going to be a really good time for him and for the fans who follow MLS, because he’s a great player who can deliver fantastic football and that’s the most important thing.”
Lionel Messi will have a familiar face alongside him at Inter Miami as the MLS club confirmed that Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets will also join the side on a free transfer.
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