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Lionel Messi: I will retire at Inter Miami

Lionel Messi believes Inter Miami will be his last club but will not turn his back on football any time soon.

Lionel Messi playing football for Inter Miami

Lionel Messi plans to end his career with Inter Miami – but has no plans to retire just yet.

The Argentina icon has been lighting up MLS since arriving in Miami last summer following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi’s move to Paris came after a glittering career with Barcelona, where he won four Champions Leagues and 10 LaLiga titles.

The 2022 World Cup winner, now 36, has a contract with Miami until 2025 with the option of a further year.

His form has been showing no signs of slowing down, having scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 12 games as the Herons lead the MLS Eastern Conference.

“As of today, I think it’s going to be my last club,” the forward told ESPN.

“I’m not ready to leave football either.”


‘I will miss football too much’

Messi ended his time in European football shortly after winning the World Cup in Qatar, the first of his career.

He will be hoping for further success with La Albiceleste at this summer’s Copa America, which they won in 2021 and is being held in the United States.

“It was a difficult step to leave Europe to come here [USA],” Messi said.

“The fact of having been world champion helped a lot to see things differently also.

“I love playing football. I enjoy the training, every day of the matches. [I am] a little afraid that everything will end.

“That’s why I enjoy everything much more, because I’m aware that there’s less and less to go and I have a good time at the club.

“I enjoy the little details that I know I’m going to miss when I don’t play any more.”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.