Lionel Messi, often regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in history, has shocked his fans worldwide with a surprising statement about his future in the sport.
As the clock winds down on his illustrious playing career, Messi recently revealed that he won't be pursuing a managerial role in the world of soccer. This unexpected revelation has disappointed many fans who had hoped to see him take on a coaching role similar to other legendary players like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard.
In an interview, the 36-year-old Argentine icon discussed the possibility of becoming a coach after retiring from professional play.
To the dismay of soccer enthusiasts worldwide, Messi firmly stated, "I don't think I'll be a coach, but I will certainly be involved in something related to football because it's my entire life."
This definitive refusal to consider a managerial career has raised questions about what Messi's future in soccer holds. Many had speculated that he might follow in the footsteps of other former players by becoming a coach.
Others envisioned him taking the reins at his boyhood club, FC Barcelona, or even potentially guiding Inter Miami, the club he currently plays for in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Messi's move to the USA and his decision to join Inter Miami has become a hot topic of discussion. Despite receiving offers to return to FC Barcelona after his time with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Messi started a new career chapter by accepting Inter Miami's offer. Although some fans hoped he would finish his career at Barcelona, Messi is convinced that playing in the MLS was the right choice.
After receiving his Ballon d'Or award, Messi said, "Now that I've taken a step forward by coming here to the United States, I don't think I'll ever come back to play in Europe."
This decision might have come as a surprise to those who had hoped for a fairy-tale return to Barcelona. Still, it seems that Messi's strained relationship with Barca's president, Joan Laporta, and his recent refusal to shake hands with him at the Ballon d'Or ceremony has played a significant role in this decision.
Despite the disappointment of fans who longed for Messi's return to European football, it appears that he has a clear vision of his future. He envisions a continued presence in the USA as a player for Inter Miami and potentially in other sports roles. As a stakeholder of his Inter Miami team, alongside soccer legend David Beckham, Messi has positioned himself to have a lasting impact on soccer in the United States.
In conclusion, Lionel Messi's recent declaration that he won't pursue a coaching career in soccer has left many fans disappointed but curious about what the future holds for this legendary player.
While he may not be in the dugout as a manager, his deep passion for the sport ensures that he will continue to play a significant role in the world of soccer, potentially shaping the future of the sport in the United States and beyond.