In 2007, a memorable encounter took place between Barcelona and Levante, where Lionel Messi, three years into his illustrious career with Barca, went on to score an incredible 672 goals in 778 games. At that time, Barcelona held a strong lead in LaLiga, but they faltered towards the end of the season, allowing rivals Real Madrid to snatch the title. Nonetheless, they managed to secure a victory against Levante during this period.
Recently, Spanish FA president Rubiales faced criticism for a controversial kiss on the lips of Spain women’s player Jenni Hermoso during a World Cup trophy ceremony. Interestingly, a video has resurfaced showcasing Rubiales facing off against the legendary Messi during his playing days, and it’s safe to say he had a challenging time against one of the greatest wingers in the world.
This impressive turnaround came after Inter Miami was languishing at the bottom of the table before Messi’s arrival. You may also read 2023 U.S. Open Djokovic, Tiafoe, Sabalenka, Alcaraz & Swiatek Face Off.
The impact of Messi’s move to MLS has been significant, elevating the league’s status in the sports landscape. Previously, soccer in the United States received minimal attention, aside from during World Cups.
However, now, American sports media regularly covers MLS games, as well as other leagues and cup matches. With the World Cup scheduled for the US in 2026, soccer’s popularity in the country is on the rise.
At the age of 36, there were no guarantees that Messi’s signing would transform his new club’s fortunes on the field. However, the player known as ‘La Pulga’ (Little Pea) has continued to dazzle. Messi led Inter Miami to their first-ever trophy, secured the Golden Boot in the League Cup, and was named Player of the Tournament.
Despite receiving lucrative offers from elsewhere, Messi’s move to the United States has proven to be the right choice in just three months. Reports even suggested that the Saudi Pro League made a substantial offer of €370 million per year to sign Messi, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s earnings at Al-Nassr. Many fans had hoped for a return to Barcelona, but that scenario didn’t materialize, leaving some supporters heartbroken.
“We were heartbroken,” shared Barcelona supporter Romàn de Arquer. “He’d been there for so long, and he’d been a key player for us. Without him, we wouldn’t have lived all these incredible moments, that’s for sure. So it was really, really tough.
Barca talked a lot with his father, but it didn’t happen either. And it was a heartbreak for a second time. But I mean, in the end, we have to move on. What can we do? You know, at least we have all those memories from Leo Messi, and I’m sure he’ll be back in the club, even if it’s not as a player.”
Meanwhile, football fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the release of EA Sports FC 24 on September 29, which has generated significant buzz surrounding player rankings. Two football legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have dominated the charts for over a decade, have seen a decline in their ratings.
Messi’s rating dropped from 91 to 90, while the shocker was Ronaldo’s downgrade to 86 from 90 in the previous edition. You should also check Steamy Beach Reunion Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper’s Topless Photoshoot Unveiled.
Here’s a list of the Argentina national team squad
- Goalkeepers: Juan Musso (Atalanta), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Walter Benitez (PSV Eindhoven), Franco Armani (River Plate)
- Defenders: Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Marcos Senesi (Bournemouth), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicolas Tagliafico (Olympique Lyonnais), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lucas Esquivel (Athletico Paranaense)
- Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (AS Roma), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea), Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool), Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen), Bruno Zapelli (Athletico Paranaense)
- Forwards: Lucas Beltran (Fiorentina), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Alan Velasco (FC Dallas), and Thiago Almada (Atlanta United).