Inter Miami Teammate Praises Messi's Humility Despite GOAT Status

Inter Miami star Lionel Messi | Imago

Inter Miami Teammate Praises Messi's Humility Despite GOAT Status

Ayoola Kelechi 12:45 - 04.03.2024

Despite being one of the greatest players football has ever seen, Lionel Messi remains a down-to-earth example for his teammates

In a testament to Lionel Messi's character beyond his illustrious footballing achievements, new Inter Miami teammate Julian Gressel has lauded the Argentine superstar for his down-to-earth demeanor and team-first mentality.

A Humble Superstar

Despite Messi's status as an eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, World Cup champion, and the highest-paid player in MLS, Gressel emphasized that Messi remains grounded and approachable within the Inter Miami squad. 

Speaking on his 'PLAYER/MANAGER' podcast with Zealand, Gressel expressed admiration for Messi's humility, highlighting how he seamlessly integrates with the team and prioritises collective success over individual accolades.

Just One of the Guys

Gressel shared insights into Messi's role within the team, emphasizing how he fosters a sense of camaraderie and inclusivity among his teammates. "He makes you feel comfortable, he makes you feel part of the team," remarked Gressel, highlighting Messi's role as a unifying force within the Inter Miami squad. 

Julian Gressel alongside Luis Suarez for Inter Miami | Imago
Julian Gressel alongside Luis Suarez for Inter Miami | Imago

Despite his unmatched talent and pedigree, Messi approaches each training session and match with the same dedication and humility, embodying the ethos of a true team player.

Adjusting to Playing Alongside Legends

While acknowledging the initial awe of playing alongside Messi, as well as esteemed teammates like Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, Gressel highlighted the importance of maintaining focus and professionalism on the field. Despite the star-studded lineup, Gressel emphasized the need to treat Messi and his fellow veterans as equals and focus on collective goals rather than individual accolades.

In a sport often characterized by egos and individualism, Messi's humility and team-first mentality stand as a shining example of leadership and sportsmanship. As Inter Miami continues their season with Messi at the helm, his influence both on and off the pitch will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the team's success and fostering a positive team culture.

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