“It’s Super Competitive” – Days After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Attack, Lionel Messi Divulges on ‘Strong’ MLS Sides

Published 08/18/2023, 4:06 AM EDT

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Lionel Messi transferred from PSG to Inter Miami over a month ago. For a long time, MLS had been called a ‘retirement home’ for players by many pundits and fans, but the Argentine soccer legend recently shared his own opinion. In a press conference, the soccer veteran talked about how MLS is highly competitive, and the results are indicative of that.

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Since joining Miami, Messi has been on a roll, taking Miami to the Leagues Cup final against Nashville SC. This will be Inter Miami’s first-ever cup final, and major credit for it goes to Messi, who has now scored 9 goals and provided 1 assist in just 5 games.

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A few days earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo said in an interview, “The Saudi league is better than MLS,” when asked about whether he’d consider a move to the United States. Since Messi’s arrival, the Argentine legend has bagged many goals and assists, but he says it’s super competitive.

In a recent press conference, he said, “I gotta say, U.S. soccer has really grown a lot in just the last year, and the results recently clinched by the U.S. team really prove that. They’ve become a major force in the World Cup, super competitive, matching their opponents blow for blow in every game.”

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He challenged people’s thoughts regarding MLS, stating, “We’re steadily closing in on Mexican soccer, giving every team a run for their money. As evidenced by the recent Cup where, well, no Mexican teams made it to the finals. Sure, you can argue about a lot of things, but the truth is, all the games were really close, super competitive, anyone can beat anyone. It seems to me that’s how it is in the [MLS] too. It’s a league where it’s super competitive, anyone can beat anyone.”

In a few days, the Argentine soccer legend will face Nashville in the Leagues Cup final. In just a month, the World Cup winner has already had such a massive impact on the team.

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Lionel Messi takes Miami to its first-ever Cup final

As always, Lionel Messi has remained humble about the incredible start he is having at Inter Miami. The determination and focus shown by Inter Miami is nothing short of breathtaking. In this regard, Messi stated, “Teams are really strong when playing at home, and it’s really tough to win on the road. Well, that’s a bit of what I’ve figured out from my first few games.”

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MLS still has a long way to go, but it’s taking all the right steps. In a few years’ time, many more talents will be recognized, and MLS could also become a home for footballing giants. Do you think Nashville SC will win against Inter Miami in the cup final, or will Messi help Miami win its first League Cup title? Let us know in the comments below.

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