Messi Reflects on Retirement: “A Little Afraid That Everything Will End”

Argentine football icon Lionel Messi has revealed that, while he is not planning to retire from football anytime soon, the thought of making that “scary” decision is not far from his mind.

Messi, who began his illustrious career at La Masia (FC Barcelona’s football academy), has won almost every major accolade in both club and international football by the age of 36. He continues to shine in the game, currently playing for Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.

In an interview with ESPN, Messi mentioned that he is likely to end his football career at Inter Miami. “As of today, I think it [Inter Miami] is going to be my last club,” he said. “I’m not ready to leave football either.”

Messi has made a significant impact at Inter Miami, scoring 12 goals and providing 13 assists in 12 matches this season. Despite this success, he admitted that transitioning from Europe to MLS was challenging.

“It was a difficult step to leave Europe to come here,” Messi said. He added that becoming a world champion has helped him view things differently.

Messi, who is gearing up to represent Argentina at the 2024 Copa America in the United States, emphasized his ongoing love for the game. “I love playing football. I enjoy the training, every day of the matches. [I am] a little afraid that everything will end,” he shared.

He concluded by expressing his intention to savor every moment on the field: “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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