Lionel Messi ‘might quit international duty with Argentina for a YEAR to help his family settle in Miami’ as he gears up for sensational MLS move
Lionel Messi is planning to take a temporary break from his international career as he settles into life in the United States, according to a new report.
Messi is closing in on a move to MLS’ Inter Miami, with the club hoping for a July 21 debut for him in the Leagues Cup vs. Mexican outfit Cruz Azul.
And according to the Mirror, Messi is ‘believed to have told’ Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni that he’d like a year off from his Argentina duties as he and his family adjust to their new surroundings.
According to the report, Scaloni was ‘hit hard’ by the news from his star player, and such an agreement would need to be approved by the Argentinian football federation.
Lionel Messi is reportedly eyeing a hiatus from international duty as he nears his MLS move
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has reportedly been ‘hit hard’ by Messi’s desire for a break
Nonetheless, the request is expected to be granted.
The report added that Messi, wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their sons are believed to have looked at houses in Miami already.
Messi, who turned 36 years old on Saturday, led Argentina to a World Cup triumph in Qatar as La Albiceleste topped France on penalties in the final.
Messi had 7 goals and three assists in just seven games as Argentina won its first World Cup since 1986.
Despite the international hiatus he is said to desire, Messi is reportedly eyeing the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada as his last tournament with Argentina.
It’s unclear whether or not he would participate in next year’s Copa America, which will also be held in America.