Lionel Messi attributes his ability to maintain a top-level performance for nearly two decades to his mentality, fighting spirit, sacrifice, and relentless desire for constant improvement.
During an extensive interview with Argentina’s Television Publica, the World Cup winner discussed a range of topics, including retirement and his transition to life in Miami. He also looked back on his remarkable career known for its longevity and exceptional performance.
In answer to a question posed by team-mate Nicolas Tagliafico about the formula to his incredible longevity, Messi replied: “I believe it’s the same thing that helped me reach a level both as a collective and as an individual. I think it’s the mentality, the fight, the effort, the sacrifice. The always wanting more. I think since I was very young I was like that. I was very responsible and very sure in what I wanted and I always gave the maximum to achieve it.”
Messi added that his impressive fitness record has also helped him: “I focus at the start of every season with the same mentality and the same desire to better myself. Also, I have had very good luck with injuries.”
The anticipation is growing in Miami as the highly-anticipated debut of the legendary player approaches. Lionel Messi is set to make his first appearance for Inter Miami, with expectations of his debut match against Cruz Azul scheduled for July 21.