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Argentina’s Lionel Messi named sportsman of the year by Time magazine

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was named Time magazine’s Sportsman of the Year on Tuesday for his impact on American football since joining Inter Miami this summer. “ Messi achieved what seemed impossible: making the United States a football country », writes the magazine.

Published on: 06/12/2023 – 11:36

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Awarded an eighth Ballon d’Or at the end of October, Messi (36) left Paris Saint-Germain in July to join Inter Miami, a club co-managed by David Beckham, seven months after his world champion title. conquered at the end of 2022 with Argentina. “ My first option was to return to Barcelona, ​​but that was not possible. It is also true that I then considered the Saudi championship, a powerful competition which could become important in the future in a country that I know », Explains Messi to Time.

« Ultimately it was Saudi Arabia or MLS, and both options interested me », continues La Pulga

Winner of the Leagues Cup in August after his arrival, the club’s first trophy, Messi then had a series of absences while Inter Miami failed to qualify for the championship play-offs. In 2024, in addition to the MLS, the Argentinian will be expected at the Copa America in June and July in the United States. The draw is scheduled for Thursday.

Messi has not closed the door to possible participation in a 6th World Cup in 2026, contested in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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