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    Inside Lionel Messi’s brutal training regime with Inter Miami star ‘first in and last out’ every single day

    INTER MIAMI’S fitness coach has lifted the lid on Lionel Messi’s training habits.Ben Young, 37, moved to David Beckham’s MLS franchise in January 2023 after stints with England’s men’s and women’s teams.Lionel Messi is still going strong at 36Credit: GettyBen Young joined Inter Miami in January 2023Credit: LinkedinMessi, 36, left European football behind last summer when he ditched Paris Saint-Germain for Inter Miami.But if any fans think that the Argentine superstar has taken his foot off the pedal, Miami insider Young begs to differ.Discussing the 2022 World Cup winner with the Mirror, he said: “Messi is first in, last out, a true professional.”He does his own individual activation and strength sessions, he will even be in training the next day after being away in an international camp in Argentina.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL”He’s in his rhythm, his routine and that is why he’s at the top and has stayed there.”He ticks all the boxes, he pushes himself but also does all his recovery work.‌”We always want to make sure that the players can thrive in the most intense parts of the game and you do that by the training we expose them to.‌”We systematically expose the players to various training stimuli that mimic the demand of the game and when appropriate we exceed the game demands to ensure they are completely prepared for the toughest of moments.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERS‌”To offset this work we are also continually educating the players on the importance of recovery, nutrition and make sure your recovery is good and sleep in that process to make sure they can keep training and playing at that intensity.‌”Messi is getting individual treatment, massage and recovery which shows the importance of having people close to you who you can rely on.”Footballers you didn’t know were related from Premier League icons to Lionel MessiHaving studied Sports Science at the University of Gloucestershire, Young began his career at Saracens under Eddie Jones.He then landed a gig with the Lionesses, assisting them at two World Cups.After heading to Qatar with the Three Lions’ men’s team, he moved on to work with Inter Miami.Six months after Young’s arrival Stateside, Inter managed to land Messi.The likes of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez have since followed.Messi has been a resounding success since moving to MLS.He has scored 25 goals in 29 games for Inter Miami – including 12 in 12 MLS appearances this term.READ MORE SUN STORIESTata Martino’s side are top of the Eastern Conference after 18 games.Messi also led his side to Leagues Cup glory last year – scoring in the final against Nashville last August.Messi has been joined in Miami by former Barca pals Luis Suarez and Sergio BusquetsCredit: AFP More

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    Lionel Messi takes just 12 games to shatter MLS record previously held by Arsenal flop

    LIONEL MESSI has become the fastest player in MLS history to bag 25 goal contributions in a single season.The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner joined Inter Miami shortly after his 2022 World Cup victory with Argentina in Qatar.Lionel Messi continues to break records after he became the fastest player in MLS history to provide 25 goal contributions in a seasonCredit: AFPMessi celebrates with midfielder Robert Taylor after notching his 12th goal of this campaignCredit: APThe record was previously held by former Arsenal star Carlos VelaCredit: PA:Press AssociationMiami missed out on the playoffs in Messi’s first campaign but he is now making up for lost time, with his side sitting top of the Eastern Conference.Messi, 36, has scored 12 goals and assisted a further 13 in 12 appearances this campaign, the quickest time to reach such a tally.This feat shattered the previous record set by Arsenal flop Carlos Vela in 2019, who took 16 games to hit 25 goal contributions.Many believed Vela would become one of the world’s best when Arsenal won the race to sign him for £125,000 in 2005.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLBut the Mexican striker failed to reach his full potential, after only notching three goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.Vela was then sent out on loan to five different clubs, before signing for Real Sociedad in 2012 for an undisclosed fee.Meanwhile Messi’s achievement comes after he scored Inter Miami’s first goal in their 3-3 draw against St Louis City on Saturday night.This season’s success has been driven by some strong additions made to the squad during the transfer window.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSIncluding, the arrival of his former Barcelona team-mates Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.Suarez and Alba were also both on the scoresheet during Saturday’s clash. GRAPHIC-VID_LIONEL_MESSIHowever, Messi’s attention will now turn towards Argentina and their Copa America campaign this summer, which kicks off on June 21.The joint-record 15 time winners and reigning champions face Peru in the opening match of the tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.Argentina also play Chile and Canada in their other Group A games as they eye a top spot finish to advance to the quarter-finals.Messi, who has 180 caps for Argentina, has scored 13 goals and assisted another 17 in 34 Copa America appearances.Vela won the MLS Golden boot and the player of the season award in 2019Credit: Getty – ContributorSergio Busquets joined Messi at Inter Miami this seasonCredit: AFPCheck out these amazing collections More

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    ‘World’s most famous napkin’ used by Barcelona to complete Lionel Messi transfer aged 13 sells for £760,000 at auction

    THE napkin that Lionel Messi signed to promise he would join Barcelona has been sold at auction.Messi, 36, was famously signed by the Spanish giants after club chiefs put pen to napkin on a deal to sign the then 13-year-old.The napkin used to sign Lionel Messi for Barcelona has sold for nearly $1millionCredit: GettyThe napkin was signed in December 2000 to bring Messi to SpainCredit: ReutersBonhams Auctions said it had sold for a massive fee on FridayCredit: ReutersIt was signed in December 2000 by former Barca sporting director Carles Rexach, transfer advisor Josep Minguella and Argentine agent Horacio Gaggioli over lunch at a tennis club.Messi then joined the Spanish side’s youth set up from Newell’s Old Boys before going on to make his debut in 2004.From there the attacker went on to become the club’s best ever player with a record 672 goals scored as well as more than 30 trophies. On his journey with Barcelona he also won six Ballon d’Or titles, before landing a seventh while with Paris Saint-Germain and an eighth with Inter Miami after winning the World Cup in 2022.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLMessi’s exploits have made the napkin story famous, and it was finally given a financial figure for its worth when it was sold.Auction house Bonhams said on Friday that the napkin had been sold for a staggering £762,4000 or $969,000.Ian Ehling,the head of fine books and manuscripts at Bonhams New York said: “Yes, it’s a paper napkin, but it’s the famous napkin that was at the inception of Lionel Messi’s career.”It changed the life of Messi, the future of FC Barcelona, and was instrumental in giving some of the most glorious moments of football to billions of fans around the globe.”Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSMessi had a tearful exit from the Blaugrana in 2021.He would spend two playing in Paris before moving to David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.Football Food Tour: Behind the Scenes of Hospitality at Inter Miami, with incredible foodMessi career stats

    Barcelona: 778 games. 672 goals. 303 assists.
    10x LaLiga titles. 4x Champions League titles. 3x Club World Cup. 7x Spanish Cup winner. 3x Uefa Supercup winner. 8x Spanish Supercup winner.
    PSG: 75 games. 32 goals. 35 assists.
    2x Ligue 1 titles. 1x French Supercup winner.
    Inter Miami: 26 games. 23 goals. 16 assists.
    1x Leagues Cup winner.
    Argentina: 180 games. 106 goals. 56 assists.
    1x World Cup winner. 1x Copa America winner. 1x 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist.
    Individual: 8x Ballon d’Or wins. 8x The Best Fifa Men’s Player wins. 3x Uefa Best Player in Europe. 10x Player of the Year.


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    Sergio Ramos, 38, set for free transfer to team that doesn’t exist yet after emotional season at boyhood club Sevilla

    SERGIO RAMOS is in “advanced negotiations” for a move to the MLS this summer, according to reports.The Real Madrid legend, 38, returned to boyhood club Sevilla last summer after two years with Paris Saint-Germain.Sergio Ramos’ Sevilla contract is set to expire in the summerCredit: GettyHe has played 34 times this season – scoring seven goals – but the team have struggled and are languishing in 12th in the LaLiga table.Ramos only signed a deal until the end of the season and his contract is not expected to be renewed.Now, according to The Athletic, he is in talks to join San Diego FC.The report states no deal has been agreed or finalised, but that talks are at an “advanced” stage with the team set for their debut season next year.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLRamos is one of the most decorated defenders in the history of the game.He won five LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions Leagues at Real Madrid.He also claimed two Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain.And at international level he lifted back-to-back European Championships, as well as the World Cup in 2010.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSBut his return to Sevilla after 18 years away has not been the fairytale many would have envisaged.In January, following a 2-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, he became embroiled in a row with a disgruntled fan during a post-match interview.Sergio Ramos booed entire match by Atletico fans for breaking football etiquette… but fans are all sick of traditionOne month earlier, he enraged Atletico Madrid fans after stepping over their badge when coming out to warm-up at the Wanda Metropolitano.He was then booed throughout the match as Atletico claimed a 1-0 win over Sevilla.Who are these famous footballers? More

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    Lionel Messi tells live TV cameras new football rule is ‘not good’ after Gary Lineker slammed ‘ridiculous nonsense’

    LIONEL MESSI slammed a new MLS rule that prevented him from taking a free-kick during Inter Miami’s 3-2 win over Montreal.The Argentine icon, 36, had to receive treatment during the first half when he was fouled by Samuel Piette.Lionel Messi was annoyed by the new rule that prevented him from being allowed back on the pitchCredit: X / CentreGoals🇦🇷😤 Lionel Messi Expresses Frustration Towards the Camera Over MLS Rule Requiring Players to Wait Exactly 2 Minutes Before Re-entering the Pitch After Treatment.— CentreGoals. (@centregoals) May 12, 2024

    Matias Rojas ended up curling the free-kick into the top cornerCredit: X / CentreGoalsIt turned out Inter Miami did not need Messi to pull themselves back into the gameCredit: X / CentreGoalsBut a new MLS law introduced for the start of the 2024 season states players going off for treatment cannot come back on for two minutes.This is an attempt to clamp down on time wasting.Ex-England striker Gary Lineker labelled the change “ridiculous nonsense” when it was announced back in February.And Messi was left thoroughly unimpressed as he was forced to watch the resulting free-kick from the sideline.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLThe Barcelona legend was heard turning around and complaining to the officials, saying: “These kind of rules, not good.”Thankfully for Messi and Inter Miami, Matias Rojas stepped up to take the set-piece and curled it straight into the top corner with his left-foot.It was a stunning goal reminiscent of many Messi free-kicks in the past.Yet it was still the bizarre rule that caught the headlines.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSLineker previously wrote on X: “More ridiculous nonsense.”Punishing players and teams for getting hurt/injured thus rewarding those that commit fouls that cause injuries.Pique reveals he and Lionel Messi were lined up for double transfer to Premier League giants before Man Utd swooped”You couldn’t make it up, but they do.”Along with a two-minute wait for players that have received treatment, the MLS have also implemented a law which states substituted players must leave the pitch within 10 seconds of the board going up.If they do not, their replacement cannot come on for 60 seconds, meaning the team has to cope for one minute with a player disadvantage.Meanwhile, Inter Miami went on to win the match 3-2 thanks to goals from Rojas, Luis Suarez and Benjamin Cremaschi.It leaves Inter Miami three points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.Messi has 12 goals and 11 assists in 12 appearances so far this season.In total since arriving in America, he has scored 23 times and provided 16 assists in 26 matches. More

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    Why Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney told everyone he was called ‘Ian’ in America

    WAYNE ROONEY has revealed why he called himself “Ian” while in the United States.The Manchester United legend spent a total of two years across the pond as a player and then manager of DC United.Wayne Rooney went by the name of ‘Ian’ in the USCredit: GettyDespite Rooney’s fame, he was often not recognised in Washington and had trouble ordering coffee.The ex-England star explained: “When I was in the US, everyone thought I was Irish. “When I was at Starbucks, I don’t think they got my name right once.”I got called ‘Won’, I got called ‘Win’.READ MORE ON MAN UTD”So in the end, I just start saying my name was Ian.”Rooney left DC United at the end of the 2023 MLS campaign and shortly after joined Birmingham as the club was purchased by American owners.But the 38-year-old lasted just 15 games at St Andrew’s, having won just twice.Ahead of the final day of the Championship season, Birmingham are in a perilous position and need to win against Norwich to give them hope of staying up.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSRooney since Birmingham sacking

    Pundit on Sky Sports, TNT Sports and BBC
    Pulled out of Match of the Day debut
    Playing EA FC with streamers
    Watched Man Utd’s Under-18s win the league
    Tipped to have a celeb boxing match
    Joined The Overlap

    Since his sacking, Rooney has gone into punditry and featured on TNT and Sky Sports.He also set to take to the Match of the Day studio but had to pull out due to an injury.Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney ‘told Coleen he couldn’t do school run for EA FC TRAINING’ reveals YouTuber Angry GingeRooney has also been gaming in his spare time, joining streamer Angry Ginge and his pals online to play EA FC.And it was revealed this week that he has joined Sky Sports show The Overlap alongside his old team-mates Gary Neville and Roy Keane.Rooney has been playing EA FC with streamer Angry Ginge More

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    Major European football league could be played in US as early as NEXT YEAR in shock move

    LA LIGA president Javier Tebas insists league games will be played abroad in the US as early as 2025.Tebas, 61, wants to hold some Spanish league games overseas come the 2025-26 season as North America is the competition’s second biggest market after Spain.La Liga president Javier Tebas insists league fixtures will take place in the USCredit: ReutersTebas is adamant some games will move to the US as early as 2025Credit: GettyThe football chief added that more leagues are trying to do the same as they also bid to expand across the globe.Tebas told Spanish newspaper Expansion: “I think it could be in the 2025-26 season, but La Liga will play official matches abroad.“An official match in the U.S. will strengthen our position in the North American market, which is the second market for La Liga after Spain.“Other very competitive leagues are coming so we cannot always do the same thing, but we cannot allow them to overtake us.”Read More on FootballThis comes after a landmark lawsuit between Fifa and US events promoter Relevent.The American company was denied by the football governing body in its attempts to put together a La Liga fixture between Girona and Barcelona in Miami back in 2018.Fifa referenced their directive that states domestic games should only take place in the respective country’s territory.Relevent, which was founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, argued that this rule acted as a monopoly and prevented fair competition.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERThe two sides ultimately settled their case after all those years earlier this month.That means the Americans reserve the right to reopen their litigation if Fifa do not come up with a satisfactory reconsideration of their position.Watch moving moment Real Madrid fans hail new hero Jude Bellingham with iconic song as he scores another two goalsReal Madrid are top of the table this season with a whopping 11 points separating them from second-placed Barcelona. More

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    Kevin De Bruyne tipped for stunning MLS transfer by former Belgium team-mate as Man City ace’s contract runs down

    KEVIN DE BRUYNE has been tipped for a transfer to the MLS by a former team-mate.The Manchester City midfielder’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season.Kevin De Bruyne has been tipped for a move to the MLS by Christian BentekeCredit: RexBenteke believes his former team-mate would be a good fit for two clubsCredit: AFPCity have yet to extend his deal after putting off talks during his lengthy injury lay-off.De Bruyne missed four months earlier this season with a hamstring injury.He has now been tipped to join either LAFC or LA Galaxy once he leaves the Etihad Stadium.His former Belgium and Genk team-mate Christian Benteke believes De Bruyne would be a good fit for the MLS.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLBenteke told the MLS’ Extratime show: “He’s 32 and he’s been around in Europe for many, many years.”I can see him at a team in LA.”De Bruyne has continued to impress since returning from injury for City.The 32-year-old has scored five goals and provided 14 assists in 19 appearances this season.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSMeanwhile, Phil Foden has emerged as his creative successor in the City midfield after amassing 14 goals and seven assists in the league.De Bruyne previously played with Benteke for both Belgium and Genk earlier in his career.Every Premier League club’s most famous and also most surprising fanThe striker also spent a decade in England with Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace before joining MLS side DC United in 2022.He has since scored 21 goals in 44 league appearances in the USA and has praised the standard of the competition.Speaking about the MLS in general, he added: “I would describe the league as physical and technical.Why Man City fans were to blame for penalty defeat to Real MadridRIO FERDINAND and Joleon Lescott have blamed Man City’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Real Madrid on the FANS.
    Bernardo Silva missed one of the spot kicks as City crashed out of the Champions League.
    And the England duo spotted how the home fans at the Etihad played a role in the spot-kick being saved.
    Ex-Man City star Lescott claimed the home supporters held onto the ball for too long after Real’s Luka Modric fired his shot into the stands.
    He said: “That would have just took him out of sync and out of his rhythm.
    “You can practice the routine, the technique, the walk up potentially, this is something you don’t prepare for, the ball being in the crowd.”
    Ferdinand chimed in: “40 seconds by the way Joleon,” before Lescott continued: “That is a long time. It may not seem that long but it’s a very long time when you are waiting there and you are thinking, now do I change position?
    “Now do I change where I go? And all of a sudden, it’s a soft penalty.”
    Manchester United legend Ferdinand went on to say: “It’s a shame though as well, because it is the home fans that are delaying that penalty kick which is a shame.”

    “It’s a mix of both because people think, ‘Oh yeah, MLS is easy. They don’t really care about football or soccer.'”Until you play the game, you understand that you will enjoy yourself. But you better be ready, you better respect the league because it’s not that easy.” More