During their recent meeting in New York, Novak Djokovic and Lionel Messi engaged in an extensive conversation, covering a wide range of topics. Djokovic holds Messi in high regard, describing him as “a phenomenon.”
Both sporting legends have encountered each other on multiple occasions throughout their illustrious careers. Their most recent interaction took place in New York, where Messi was present for his MLS commitments with Inter Miami, while Djokovic aimed for success at the US Open in Flushing Meadows.
As Messi looks forward to his U.S. Open Cup aspirations in the upcoming weeks, he has already achieved a milestone by clinching the 44th trophy of his exceptional career, guiding Inter Miami to victory in the inaugural Leagues Cup.
Djokovic, who has a historic haul of 23 Grand Slam titles to his name, enjoys picking the brains of Messi and has told ESPN Mexico of his latest meeting with the Argentine superstar: “It’s a second time we met with each other. We talked 15 minutes about everything, I would like to meet him and talk about everything again. Messi is a phenomenon. He’s a huge champion, I have a huge respect for him.”
Since joining Inter Miami, Messi has secured victories in nine consecutive matches. However, in his most recent MLS appearance, his team played to a goalless draw against Nashville, indicating that there is still progress to be made in securing a spot for the Florida-based franchise in the post-season play-offs.