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Argentina football great Lionel Messi revealed his retirement plans by saying that Inter Miami is going to be his ‘last club’. Messi also dropped hints that the end of his career is approaching soon while admitting that "there's not a lot of time left". The 36-year-old joined Inter Miami last summer putting an end to his two decade long stint in Europe where he played for Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain. 

With his tenure in Miami, the 2022 FIFA World Cup captain scored 14 goals in all competitions. Recently, he shared his retirement plans with ESPN Argentina and said that Inter Miami “is going to be my last club.” The 36-year-old said, "I've done this all of my life; I love playing ball. I enjoy the practices and the day-to-day, the games. Yeah, there's a bit of fear that it's all ending. It's always there. It was a difficult step leaving Europe to come here [Miami].” 

Lionel Messi to not play for Argentina at Paris Olympics due to Copa America

The eight-time Ballon d’Or Award winner revealed that he won’t play for Argentina at the Paris Olympics 2024 due to Copa America starting later this month. He told ESPN, “I talked to (coach Javier) Mascherano and the truth is we both understood the situation. “It’s hard (to think about the Olympics right now) because we’re in Copa America. It would be two, three straight months of not being with the club, and more than anything I’m not at an age to be in everything.” 

He went on to say, “I have to choose carefully, and it would be too much to play two straight tournaments. I’ve been very lucky to play in the Olympics, of winning it together with Masche. It was a wonderful experience on a football level.”