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Inter Miami’s signing of Lionel Messi has served to highlight the demand for top talent among U.S. soccer fans, said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
May 7, 2024
MLS must attract best players to grow, says Infantino
Major League Soccer salary and roster restrictions mean that teams are unable to spend freely when it comes to signing top players.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates winning the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December 2022.
Mar 28, 2024
Age won't determine when I retire, says Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi will turn 37 in under three months, but knows for sure that his age will not determine when it is time to hang up his boots.
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi and teammates sit on the substitute bench during a match against a Hong Kong select XI in Hong Kong on Feb. 4.
Feb 20, 2024
Messi insists Hong Kong no-show was due to injury, not politics
Some nationalist politicians and outlets interpreted Messi's absence as a snub to China, without offering evidence.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi fires toward the Vissel Kobe goal during a friendly at National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Feb 11, 2024
Amid row over Messi's no-show, China nixes Argentina matches
The upcoming friendly with the Argentine squad has been canceled due to "well-known reasons,” the sports authority in the eastern city of Hangzhou said.
Taylor Swift kicked off her four-night stint at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday while Lionel Messi played at the Japan National Stadium, just a few kilometers away.
Feb 9, 2024
The Taylor Swift and Messi moment shows Tokyo is back
On Wednesday, Swift and Messi wowed their respective fans, just 5 km away from each other. Their overlap in Tokyo is proof of the city's great resurgence.
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi in action during a friendly against Vissel Kobe on Wednesday in Tokyo
Feb 7, 2024
Messi wows Tokyo fans days after Hong Kong no-show
Messi's appearance came days after his absence on the pitch in a recent Hong Kong friendly had angered fans there.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session in Chiba on Tuesday.
Feb 7, 2024
Anger over Messi’s behavior grows in China before Japan game
Many commentators in China have drawn comparisons between Messi’s behavior in Hong Kong and his demeanor in Japan.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday, a day before his team faces Vissel Kobe in a friendly match.
Feb 6, 2024
Messi says leg 'getting better' but could miss Japan match
Inter Miami are set to face Japanese champions Vissel Kobe at Tokyo's National Stadium on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi sits on the bench during Inter Milan's friendly against Hong Kong XI in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Feb 5, 2024
Lionel Messi and David Beckham booed after Argentine star sits out Hong Kong friendly
The Hong Kong government said organizers owed fans an explanation after the match.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi controls the ball during practice at Florida Blue Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
Jan 16, 2024
Messi named FIFA player of 2023; Spain's Bonmati wins women's award
Messi, 36, voted the best player by national teams coaches, captains, journalists and fans, helped Inter Miami win the 2023 Leagues Cup.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during a match in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in July.
Dec 16, 2023
Inter Miami adds Tokyo stop to Messi tour next February
The Argentine superstar will lead Inter Miami into a match against reigning champions Vissel Kobe at the 60,000-seat National Stadium on Feb. 7.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi celebrates after his team won the Leagues Cup final against Nashville SC on Aug. 19.
Dec 6, 2023
Lionel Messi named Time's 'Athlete of the Year'
Time said the superstar had already had a transformative impact on the American sporting landscape, which has been historically slow to embrace soccer.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez celebrates a win after a World Cup match in 2018 in Sochi, Russia.
Nov 4, 2023
Luis Suarez reportedly set to join Inter Miami
Inter Miami are continuing with their Barcelona reunion plan, as Suarez is set to join Lionel Messi with the MLS club.
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi receives his 8th Ballon d'Or award during the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Oct 31, 2023
Messi wins record eighth Ballon d'Or for best player in the world
Inter Miami's Messi, who last won the award in 2021, played a pivotal role in guiding Argentina to its first World Cup title in 36 years last year.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (left) shoots against Toronto FC defender Raoul Petretta at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday.
SOCCER / World cup
Sep 22, 2023
'We'll see': Messi unsure about 2026 World Cup
For now, the Argentina captain said he is focused on the 2024 U.S.-hosted Copa America tournament.
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi celebrates after the Qatar 2022 World Cup final match against France in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18.
SOCCER / World cup
Sep 6, 2023
Messi back as 2026 World Cup qualifiers kick off
Nine months ago, Messi crowned his glittering career by leading Argentina to a World Cup crown in Qatar.
Lionel Messi and Miami defeated Cincinnati to advance to the U.S. Open Cup finals in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Aug 24, 2023
Lionel Messi and Miami beat Cincinnati to reach another final
Inter Miami is now one win away from its second trophy since Lionel Messi joined the club last month.
Lionel Messi is tossed in the air by his teammates after Miami's win in the Leagues Cup final on Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday.
Aug 21, 2023
Lionel Messi's Inter Miami eyes treble after Leagues Cup triumph
Messi and Miami will play in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup before returning to MLS play.
Lionel Messi has been a major draw for Inter Miami and MLS during his short time with the team.
Aug 11, 2023
Lionel Messi poised to take Major League Soccer to 'new level'
With the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner as the new face of its top league, soccer in the U.S. is heading for new heights.
Lionel Messi has helped Inter Miami reach the Leagues Cup quarterfinals.
Aug 10, 2023
Lionel Messi's MLS debut delayed due to Miami's Leagues Cup progress
Lionel Messi's debut in Major League Soccer will have to wait a little longer, officials said on Wednesday after Inter Miami's top-flight return was pushed back due to the team's progress into the Leagues Cup quarterfinals.


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