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Football: Olympics waiver: Messi feels his age

Football: Olympics waiver: Messi feels his age
Football: Olympics waiver: Messi feels his age

The Olympic Games in Paris will have to do without superstar Lionel Messi. He is already thinking about the end of his career – and never wants to change clubs again.

Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi is skipping the Olympic Games and will never change clubs again in his career. The 36-year-old confirmed to US broadcaster ESPN that he will not be taking part in the Summer Games in Paris and explained this by saying that the workload was too high.

The eight-time world footballer from Inter Miami also announced that he wants to end his career in Florida one day. His contract in Miami runs until the end of 2025. “I have to choose carefully and two tournaments in a row would have been too much. I was very lucky to play and win at the Olympics,” Messi told ESPN. He is no longer at an age where he can play everything. In 2008, Messi became Olympic champion in Beijing together with current Olympic coach Javier Mascherano. “The Olympics are something special, they are different from all the others.”

Messi wants to be in the final on July 14

Messi is currently preparing with the Argentinian national team in the USA to defend their title at the Copa América. In the opening match next Thursday, the world champions will face the Canadians, coached by former Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch, in Atlanta. The Copa final will take place on July 14, the same day as the European Championship final in Germany. The Olympic football tournament begins on July 24.

The Copa, which Messi only won for the first time in 2021, will be a kind of home game for the world champions. After all, the Argentine has been shaping Miami’s game since July 2023. This season, Messi’s statistics so far include eleven goals and twelve assists in twelve games. Miami leads the Eastern Conference.

Graduation in Miami

Messi also wants to end his career at investor David Beckham’s club. “I think Miami will be my last club,” Messi said. “Coming here from Europe was a difficult step. It helped to become world champion and see things from a different perspective.”

Messi often thinks about the end of his career. “That’s why I try to enjoy everything,” said the four-time Champions League winner. “I know the end is getting closer and I want to have a good time. It’s the little details that I’ll miss one day. I’ve done this my whole life. I’ve enjoyed training, everyday life and match days. And yes, there’s always the fear that one day it will be over.”

Source: Stern

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