Messi celebrates one of his goals in the two years he played for PSG (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)
Lionel Messi’s contract with PSG ends on June 30, but he has already confirmed that his future will be far from Paris: he will play for Inter Miami, although beforehand he will enjoy a well-deserved vacation after participating in the tribute matches for Maximiliano Rodríguez and Juan Roman Riquelme in Argentina. However, the mark he left in France continues to bring him awards: Ligue 1 reported on its social networks that he was chosen as the best foreign footballer of the 2022/2023 season of the competition.
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It is not for less: the numbers of this campaign ratified Messi as the most decisive player of the season in the best leagues in the world with 21 goals and 20 assists (a total of 32 and 35 in 75 games in Paris). In addition, after winning with the Argentine team at the World Cup in Qatar (where he was the second scorer with seven conquests, one less than Kylian Mbappé; and Ballon d’Or of the contest), he won The Best (an award given by FIFA) and the Laureus as the best athlete of the year (beating Kiki himself).
The striker did not go unnoticed in France despite criticism from the ultras, who targeted him (like Neymar) for eliminations from the Champions League: he won three titles, two Ligue 1 and one local Super Cup. And even his companions surrendered to his virtues. “Happy birthday, legend. I wish you the best possible day with your family and friends. Thank you for these 2 years together in Paris, I learned a lot from you as a player, a partner, an opponent and a man. For that alone I am grateful. Good luck in your new adventure”, Mbappé wrote on his social networks last Saturday, when the man from Rosario turned 36.
The confirmation of Ligue 1
Perhaps the crown for best foreigner will not be the last one that Messi reaps in France: two of his goals are nominated for the best of the season award. The first is the goal that in August 2022 he converted Clermont from Chile in the 5-0 win for his team. He received a masterful pass from Leandro Paredes (who had not yet emigrated to Juventus) from behind, saved the ball from his chest and resolved with an aesthetic pirouette.
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The second, a high-impact free kick over the wall that was deposited in an angle: it happened in the 2-1 defeat of Nice in October. His conquests compete with six others and for the moment one of Billal Brahimi, from Nice, prevails in the networks, but in the Ligue 1 networks there is still time to vote for La Pulga to take another milestone in his time in France.
The goals candidates to win the award for the best of the season in Ligue 1
It must be remembered that the official debut of Rosario with Inter Miami is expected to be on July 21, the date of the opening match of the Leagues Cup against Cruz Azul from Mexico. Inter wants to make the presentation as a reinforcement on 7/16. And the intention is for him to be accompanied by Sergio Busquets, another reinforcement that is about to fall in Florida.
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