Time magazine chooses Messi as Athlete of the Year Time magazine chooses Messi as Athlete of the Year

Time magazine chooses Messi as Athlete of the Year

Time magazine chooses Messi as Athlete of the Year

Argentine star Lionel Messi received the Sportsman of the Year award from Time magazine for his impact on American soccer since joining Inter Miami this summer.
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36-year-old Messi, who won the Ballon d'Or at the end of last October for the eighth time in his career, left Paris Saint-Germain last July to join Inter Miami, the club co-owned by former English star David Beckham, 7 months after winning the title. 2022 World Champion with Argentina.

“Messi has achieved what seemed impossible: making the United States a soccer nation,” the magazine wrote. 

For his part, Al-Barghout said: “My first choice was to return to Barcelona, ​​but that was not possible. It is also true that I thought at the time of moving to the Saudi League, which is a strong league that could become important in the future in a country I know.” He added: "In the end, it came down to Saudi Arabia and the American Football League, and both options sparked my interest." 

Messi's participation next year includes the Copa America tournament in June and July in the United States, noting that the draw for the continental tournament will take place on Thursday. 

Messi did not close the door on the possibility of participating in the World Cup in 2026 for the sixth edition of his career, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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