Lionel Messi says he’s going to not go on loan all through Inter Miami offseason, despite lacking MLS Cup playoffs

Lionel Messi denied rumors that he’s going to go on loan this winter after Inter Miami missed out on a spot in this year’s MLS Cup playoffs, and instead said he’s going to use the time off for a much-needed break.

Messi made himself to be had for Miami’s last match of the season on Saturday at Charlotte FC after playing 90 minutes in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Peru on Tuesday. The match marked the first time the player started a match since Sept. 20 after dealing with fitness issues.

“I can train, I can play the game that is coming up now and I can try to reach in the most productive conceivable way for November whether I will be there again,” he said following his victory with the national team, per Argentinian outlet TyC Sports. “Then enjoy the holidays, in Argentina, which is the first time that I’m going to have many more days in December with the holidays with peace of brain with my people and in January I can return to do preseason again . Start from scratch and get ready as best as conceivable as all the time.”

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Messi’s schedule for the year will not end on Saturday in Charlotte. He’s expected to participate in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil on Nov. 16 and Nov. 21, respectively, and could participate in Miami’s two-game tour of China before that. The MLS team is set to play Qingdao Hainiu FC on Nov. 5 and Chengdu Rongcheng on Nov. 8.

Without reference to how many more minutes Messi logs in 2023, the time off is mannered deserved. He has played continuously since Aug. 2022, when he began the season with his ex-club Paris Saint-Germain. He was once a fixed fixture in the lineup until the season ended on Jun. 3 of this year, and played each and every game for Argentina at final year’s World Cup in the course of the European season. Messi then played his first game for Miami on Jul. 21 and was once practically undroppable until he started experiencing fitness issues final month.

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The World Cup winner said his first few months with Miami were grueling, but provides promise for next season.

“The truth is, it is a disgrace, we were near,” he said approximately lacking the playoffs. “I missed the final games, we had several injuries. The month of July was once very tough for us, we played each and every three days, we traveled but we won a very powerful tournament for the club, for what’s coming next year.”

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