Messi Names 10 Favourite Teammates Throughout His Career
Lionel Messi, the iconic footballer hailing from Barcelona, Argentina, is undeniably one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. With a prolific career spanning several clubs and tournaments, he has had the privilege of playing alongside some extraordinary teammates who have left an indelible mark on his footballing journey. Recently, in an interview, Lionel Messi named his ten 'favorite' teammates throughout his legendary footballing career.
Unsurprisingly, the list kicked off with none other than Ronaldinho, the flashy Brazilian playmaker, who mesmerized audiences with his breathtaking skills and charisma during his time at Barcelona in the mid-2000s. Ronaldinho's influence on Messi was immense, shaping him into the extraordinary player he is today.
Continuing his list of Barcelona legends, Messi mentioned the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. These two midfield maestros formed an integral part of the famed Barcelona midfield that dominated world football with their fluid passing and precise control. Alongside them was Samuel Eto'o, the Cameroonian striker who proved to be an invaluable asset during Barcelona's successful campaigns, notably in their 2009 treble-winning season.
Messi also expressed admiration for Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker known for his lethal finishing and partnership with the Argentine forward. The combination of Messi and Suarez proved to be one of the most formidable duos in football history, wreaking havoc on opposition defenses.
In a moment of reflection, Messi mentioned some more names that had slipped his mind initially, highlighting the abundance of talent he had the pleasure of playing with throughout his career. Neymar, the Brazilian sensation, who formed the famous "MSN" trio with Messi and Suarez at Barcelona, was among those he remembered. The dynamic and entertaining trio left a lasting impression on fans worldwide.
Expanding on his list, Messi acknowledged the talents of several other outstanding players with whom he shared the pitch. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the enigmatic Swedish striker, David Villa, a clinical goalscorer, and Eto'o, whom he had previously mentioned, all had the honor of playing alongside the footballing phenomenon. Messi praised their abilities, emphasizing how comfortable and effortless it was to play with such exceptional talents.
Following a successful two-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain, during which Messi secured the elusive World Cup, he now finds himself at Inter Miami in the MLS. While the move surprised many, the prospect of witnessing Messi weave his magic in the American soccer league has captured the imagination of fans worldwide. With former Barcelona comrades, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, by his side, Messi aims to help elevate Inter Miami in the MLS Eastern Conference table.
In his early outings for the club, Messi has already made a significant impact, notching up three goals and an assist in just two Leagues Cup matches. However, his new team faces challenges, and their current standing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference reflects the uphill battle they must endure. Nonetheless, with Messi's vision, creativity, and goal-scoring ability, Inter Miami can expect to witness a transformation in their fortunes as they strive to climb the league ladder.