In a resounding show of admiration, Lionel Messi has showered praise upon his fellow teammates and the guidance of head coach Gerardo Martino as Inter Miami prepares to clash with Nashville SC in the much-anticipated Leagues Cup final this Saturday.
Since his move to the Florida-based club on a free transfer just last month, Messi has set the pitch ablaze with his incredible performance, netting an impressive nine goals from six appearances in the annual Leagues Cup, a contest that brings together clubs from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Speaking at a press conference held at Inter Miami’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters on Thursday, the 36-year-old football legend expressed his confidence, saying, “We always saw ourselves as being capable of competing and getting this title.”
Despite initially finding themselves at the bottom of Major League Soccer’s eastern conference standings, Inter Miami has undergone a spectacular transformation, clinching victory in all six matches since Messi’s arrival, alongside coach Martino.
Pointing to the enthusiastic support from Inter Miami’s fans, Messi highlighted their contribution to the team’s dramatic improvement, asserting, “The team has grown a lot since his [Martino’s] arrival.”
Comparing his recent move to Inter Miami with his transition to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 after an illustrious 17-year stint at Barcelona, Messi emphasized the ease of this shift.
“Today I can say that I am very happy with the decision we made, not only from a football perspective but from the point of view of my family,” he explained, touching on the warmth of the reception he and his family have received in the United States.
As Inter Miami braces for the final showdown, the city’s excitement is palpable. With Messi’s brilliance on display and Martino’s strategic prowess guiding the way, the Leagues Cup final promises to be a riveting spectacle for fans worldwide.