USMNT manager, Greg Berhalter has come out to say that he has been blown away by Lionel Messi’s impact on the MLS. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, everyone had the idea of how big the MLS was already, but Messi‘s signing immediately took things to a different level.
Greg added that the addition of the Argentine has been an amazing exposure for US football in general.
His words, “You have this idea of what it could be, of what MLS is, and then you totally break the mold by getting someone like Messi and taking it to a different level.”
“It’s been amazing exposure. … Overall, it’s just blown me away the impact that Lionel Messi can have. And not only him but when you bring (Sergio) Busquets and (Jordi) Alba into it, how it can translate onto the field.”
“It’s not only you know, post-Messi, I think even pre-Messi. You see that he had some ability, he had a great assist in the game against D.C. United early in the year. Just a really dynamic player and a guy who gives everything on the pitch.”
Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Major League Soccer club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 he was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team.
Until leaving the club in 2021, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 35 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and the UEFA Champions League four times.
With his country, he won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (eight), and most assists in La Liga (192) and the Copa América (17).
He also has the most international goals by a South American male (103). Messi has scored over 800 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals by a player for a single club (672).
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