With the most famous smile in the world, Lionel Messi lifted the trophy – another trophy – to celebrate the arrival of 2024. Another year to enjoy the legend, his goals, his tireless ability to transform, another record… A new title with the national team? After 24 years, he ended up greeting millions of fans across his social media networks.
With a short message titled “Happy 2024” and a photo with Antonella, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, and another in which he appears only hugging Antonella, Lionel shared the beginning of a new year with that family refuge that gives meaning to his life, to his football…
Photos shared by Leo on New Year's Eve.
As expected, Liu's post – published early in the morning – went viral. Shortly after his appearance on the broadcast, his Instagram account had already registered millions of likes… Thousands and thousands of comments responding to 10 of what is to come, of what has happened…
Leo left another year behind him to expand this giant book that reads better every day… Because, through ups and downs, Leo won the Ballon d'Or, bid farewell to Paris Saint-Germain with another title, and revolutionized soccer in the United States. He won the first title in the history of Inter Miami, surpassed his 100th goal with the national team, broke the 800-goal barrier in his career, and the best thing, of course, was to leave the door open for a year full of promises.
The collector of 44 titles is preparing for 2024, who has many obligations ahead of him and the carrot of eight crowns… with the national team, the maximum, the Copa America. We will have to see if the dream of seeing him at the Olympics in Paris will come true. With Inter Miami, MLS, League Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, US Open Cup, InterAmerican Cup
The euphoria over the Argentine national team's victory in Qatar 2022 was still present, plunging the country into a festive atmosphere that was naturally reflected in the Scalonetta members. However, for Leo, time to celebrate was rare.: Christophe Galtier demanded a quick return to the Parc des Princes. Unfortunately, the joy of the Albiceleste did not translate to France, as Paris Saint-Germain was eliminated from the French Cup (2-1 against Marseille) and the Champions League (1-0 and 2-0). Messi has been unfairly singled out as the main target of Ultras criticism.
Leo's tumultuous moment in Paris had a counterweight to Scalonetta's celebrations, beating Panama (2-0, in Monumental) and Curacao (7-0, in Madre de Ciudades de Santiago del Estero). Throughout most of his career, Messi enjoyed great performances at Barcelona, but faced challenges and disappointments with the national team. in this occasion, The lack of recognition in Paris belies the joy of playing in his homeland.
Amid a tense atmosphere with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the fans, and even the coach himself, Leo made the decision to leave Paris. Contrary to expectations of a return to Barcelona, despite two years of speculation about his return, Messi's destination was Inter Miami. His close relationship with David Beckham, the desire to experience life in the United States, a good connection with Gerardo Martino and the support of friends like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba were decisive factors that pushed him to embark on this new adventure on the other side. Atlantic world.
After two years at Paris Saint-Germain, Leo closed the door. (AP)
Messi's impact was immediate: he scored 10 goals in his first seven matches, He led Inter Miami, once the worst team in Major League Soccer, to victory in the League Cup. However, the team faced difficulties in the first half of the season, which forced it to avoid mistakes in its quest to reach the American League qualifiers. The intensity of the schedule, with matches being played every three days, not only challenged the Tata Martino-led team, but also It physically affected Messi himself.
On the first date of the South American qualifiers, in the confrontation between Argentina and Ecuador at the Monumental Stadium, Messi requested a substitution in the 44th minute, and was clearly affected in the back of his right leg. The wear and tear of so many matches took its toll on the 10th. Due to a biceps femoris injury, he missed the 3-0 win over Bolivia (in La Paz) and seven of the 13 matches in the United States.. His absence from Miami had a major impact, which was reflected in the defeat in the US Open Cup final (2-1 against the Houston Dynamo) and the elimination of Inter Miami in the regular stage of the American League.
Leo is a League Cup champion with Inter Miami. (AFP)
“The Ballon d’Or for France Football 2023 is… Lionel Messi.”David Beckham announced in Paris. Despite Erling Haaland's outstanding season with Manchester City, the world once again recognized Leo as the best footballer on the planet, and he strengthened his position after his achievements in Qatar. The eighth award in its history Messi did not return to Miami, instead departing for Argentina to face the final double qualifier of the year.
The beginning wasn't perfect. In La Bombonera, the Argentine national team was defeated by Uruguay 2-0, ending the positive series in the qualifiers. “We have to accept that they played better,” said the top 10 analysis. Later, at the Maracanã, the story took a complete turn:Scalonetta won 1-0 in a World Cup atmosphere and achieved a historic victory in Rio de Janeiro. However, doubts over Scaloni's continuity and a tear in his right adductor muscle that forced Messi to leave shortly before the end clouded the night.
definitely2023 for Messi was not the best year for him. However, a normal year for a lion is a great year for other footballers. He established himself in the French League and the League Cup, having 40 goal contributions (28 goals and 12 assists) in 45 matches played. In addition, he won the Ballon d'Or, with a certain amount of merit in the 2022 World Cup. What awaits Leo in 2024? First, the Copa America in the United States. Then a full MLS season and participation in a new international competition: Concachampions.
In Paris, Leo won eighth place. Ballon d'Or (@InterMiamiCF)
Leo zodiac numbers in 2023
45 matches: 22 in Paris Saint-Germain, 14 in Inter Miami and 9 in the national team
28 goals: 9 for Paris Saint-Germain, 11 for Inter Miami and 8 for the national team
12 assists: 6 at Paris Saint-Germain, 5 at Inter Miami and one in the national team
Two titles: the First League with Paris Saint-Germain and the League Cup with Inter Miami
Ballon d'Or 2023
Leo and a wonderful goal from a free kick against Ecuador.
8 competitions that Messi could face
With the Argentine national team
Copa America 2024 United States
Paris 2024 Olympic Games (not confirmed)
CONCACAF Champions League
Intercontinental Cup (for winning the Concahameons tournament)