Lionel Messi will take a short break to spend some time in Argentina before joining Inter Miami.
After Messi scored the fastest goal of his international career and Argentina beat Australia 2-0 in China on Thursday, he was asked if he was worried about joining Inter Miami.
“No, I want to go on vacation, then I will start again,” Messi said.
On June 7, Messi told Mundo Deportivo and Sport that he would continue his career in the United States.
“I decided to go to Miami,” Messi said. “[The deal]is not yet 100% complete. There are some things pending, but we have decided to continue on our way there.”
Argentina are due to face Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday, but Messi will instead leave the team for Europe before traveling to his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, to celebrate his 36th birthday on June 24. . Messi is also expected to attend at least one game, and will take part in a testimony match in Argentina during his stay.
Juan Román Riquelme, currently Boca Juniors’ vice president of football, will present the awards at La Bombonera on 25 June. On Wednesday, Riquelme confirmed that Messi would be the guest of honor.
“Messi will be there,” said Riquelme. “It’s also a dream for me.”
Messi’s former Argentina team-mate Maxi Rodriguez will be honored by Newell’s Old Boys at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa in Rosario on Messi’s birthday. Rodriguez said his former team-mate was also invited, but Messi’s presence on the day was not confirmed. Messi started his youth career at Newell’s.
Timing of Messi’s arrival in Miami remains unclear, but reports say The Athletic As of Wednesday, the contract with MLS is still in progress.
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