Lionel Messi Elevates MLS Status, Disproves Retirement League Myth
USMNT Star Tim Parker Lauds Messi's Impact in Transforming MLS's Image
Lionel Messi’s move to the United States in 2023 has changed how people think about Major League Soccer (MLS). It has put an end to the idea that MLS is just a last stop for old football players. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner, Argentine great, has had a huge effect since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, disproving the idea that Major League Soccer is just a “retirement league.”
Tim Parker, a defender for the USMNT and St. Louis City SC, has spoken out in support of Messi’s choice to continue his career in the United States. Parker, who has seen the Argentine play both abroad and in his own country, thinks that Messi’s arrival in MLS is a turning point for the league. In an interview with FOX News Digital, Parker talked about Messi’s ongoing benefits to Argentina and his impressive play in Major League Soccer. He emphasised that the forward can perform well against the best players in the world on multiple occasions.
Messi’s impact goes beyond his individual accomplishments; he has made American football more popular around the world and raised its standing. Parker is looking forward to the difficulties of playing against such a famous player and his famous friends, such as Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, when St. Louis City SC plays Inter Miami in 2024. This game is highly anticipated, which shows how much more attention and competition are needed to compete with the best football players in the world.
Messi’s time in MLS not only makes the league more competitive, but it also brings in fans from all over the world, putting American football on the world stage. Messi’s popularity is helping Inter Miami’s foreign pre-season tour, which should lead to new chances for MLS and a bright future for the league and its growing fan base.
This new age, started by Messi’s arrival, is very different from how things were thought before. It makes MLS the best place for elite soccer players in their prime.