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Messi ace takes all, for Time is The Athlete of the Year - Football

2023-12-05T19:57:03.304Z

Highlights: Messi ace takes all, for Time is The Athlete of the Year - Football. It seemed impossible but it made the USA a country that loves football. Another 'trophy' for Lionel Messi after the World Cup won a year ago in Qatar and the Ballon d'Or, the eighth for him, which was awarded to him at the end of October. In the meantime he gave the rosanero club the first trophy in its history, the US League Cup, in which he scored from his first appearance.


It seemed impossible but it made the USA a country that loves football (ANSA)


Another 'trophy' for Lionel Messi after the World Cup won a year ago in Qatar and the Ballon d'Or, the eighth for him, which was awarded to him at the end of October. Now the Flea also receives the 'Athlete of the Year' award from 'Time'. The authoritative U.S. magazine justifies the decision as follows: "Messi has managed to do what once seemed impossible: make the United States a soccer country." So 'Time' dedicates the entire cover to Messi, and in a long article recalls that after preferring the North American MLS to Saudi Arabia's petrodollars ("my first choice would have been to return to Barcelona - the words of the Flea to the American magazine -, but it was not possible. So I had two choices, Saudi Arabia, a country of which I am a tourist ambassador and which I have loved every time I have been there, and the MLS in the USA".

In the end he chose Inter Miami, a club that pays him 20 million dollars a year, recalls the magazine, and of which he will become a shareholder when he stops playing, in the meantime he gave the rosanero club the first trophy in its history, the US League Cup, in which he scored from his first appearance ("electrifying the fans", recalls Time) reaching 10 goals in 7 games. On the other hand, it did not go well in the league, where the final for the title will be between Giorgio Chiellini's Los Angeles (and co-owner Magic Johnson) and the Columbus Crew, but Messi "acted as an accelerator" of the Americans' passion for football and the effect is lasting, also given the turnout at the games, home and away, of Miami, and the impressive number of Inter shirts sold, obviously with the number 10 and the name of the Argentine. "With the most revered and influential athlete on the planet playing in Miami - writes 'Time' - and will do so for the next two years, still performing at the top of his level, and who in the meantime has won another Ballon d'Or, the eighth, ;; the United States is now a soccer nation. A 'fútbol' nation."


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