Emiliano praises Messi's last stand against Bolivia

Hello Koura - Argentina national team goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez praised his teammate Lionel Messi after traveling to Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia despite missing out through injury.

Martínez said in statements to the media: “There is hunger in Messi. He is the same leader who could have returned to his homeland but he accompanied us, and that makes us proud that he still feels for us, he loves us and accompanies us in this sense. “I’m proud to support these guys.” 

Messi buys a mansion in America worth more than $10 million 

Spanish press reports revealed the palace of Argentine international Lionel Messi, Inter Miami's new American player who moved to Inter Miami last summer.

Lionel Messi left Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with the French club expired for Inter Miami, marking a new experience outside Europe for the Argentine World Cup winner after glorious years at Barcelona and two seasons with the Parisian giants.

The Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Lionel Messi had found a house in Florida, a villa valued at $10.8 million, in the Fort Lauderdale district with sea views.

The newspaper pointed out that the new house is about 8 kilometers from the Inter Miami Stadium, which makes it easier for the Argentine star to travel.

In addition, the palace has 9 rooms, a swimming pool with sea views, a fully equipped gym, a spa and an Italian-style kitchen.

The newspaper highlights that the palace that Leo bought was his wife Antonella's choice, which is why he accepted the offer from Inter Miami, despite having committed last summer to return to Barcelona or join Al Hilal to sign for Saudi Arabia.

The Norway coach chooses who is closest to winning the Ballon d'Or between Haaland and Messi

Solbakken, coach of the Norwegian national football team, believes that Lionel Messi is the most likely candidate to win the 2023 Ballon d'Or.

France Football magazine announced the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or, which will be awarded to the winner on October 30.

Erling Haaland, the Norwegian international and Manchester City striker, is the most prominent candidate along with the Argentine and Inter Miami star Lionel Messi and the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé.

Haaland beat Messi and his teammate De Bruyne to win the 2023 European Footballer of the Year award last August.

The Norwegian coach said at a press conference when asked about the competition between Haaland and Messi: “Lionel Messi is the most outstanding candidate. If you ask me, I will say Leo because he won the World Cup and that will have the biggest impact on who wins the award.”

He concluded: “I think the trio that will end up fighting for the award are Messi, Haaland and Mbappé.”

Erling Haaland won the treble with Manchester City last season, including the first Champions League in the history of the English club.

Haaland: I don't compare myself with Mbappe...and I have a chance to win the Ballon d'Or this year

Manchester City first team striker Erling Haaland spoke about his brilliance with the four-time champions in his first season in England after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland moved to Manchester City at the beginning of last season in a €75 million transfer and the Norwegian played a key role in winning the English Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and European Super Cup.

The Norwegian gave an interview to the French newspaper L'Equipe and stated: "When I arrived at Manchester City there were many doubts about my success due to the coach's style and the fact that he did not like playing with you." striker.

And he added: "The opposite has been proven, although I don't read the press much, but I have heard those comments. I have had to deal with it and live with it and I have shown everyone my skills and Manchester City have also had a good performance with me and we achieved the treble, which is difficult for us this season because everyone will want to knock us down.

And he added: "I have a great passion that makes me train constantly and with a lot of concentration until the game, which I see as a test for all the players, despite the pressure of the deadline, and I do not postpone any game for another." , even if it is against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

On not scoring in the Champions League semi-final and final, he said: “I scored some goals throughout the season. I tried to score for Real Madrid, but Thibaut Courtois did a great job blocking my chances and it's not just about scoring goals. “I would have liked to score a hat-trick in the final, but the most important thing is to win titles collectively.”

About the competition with Mbappé, he said: "Everyone thinks it is a bilateral competition like Messi and Ronaldo, but you have to be careful because Leo and Cristiano have done many crazy things and continue playing despite their advanced age, but I do not compare "With other players, that's not my way of thinking. I just focus on myself."

Regarding the sense of judgment, he said: “There is an element of instinct that lies in where you should be. "It's a kind of sixth sense hidden in the brain, but you still have to train a lot to achieve your goals."

He explained his relationship with Guardiola: “Very good. He is a coach whose ambition never ceases. He always wants more from everyone. That's what makes it the best. He brings out the best in his players.”

About his former teammate Bellingham and his move to Real Madrid: “I watch a lot of games on television. I already followed Jude. His performance makes me very happy.”

Regarding his dreams with Norway, he said: “We are a small country, but I dream of participating in the Euro Cup or the World Cup. It is not impossible."

On his substitution against Leipzig despite scoring 5 goals: "I was disappointed, but I don't complain at all because I respect Julián Álvarez a lot, who replaced me." He deserved to participate in the game and I did. He did not complain to the coach or any other official. Maybe I'll have another chance. "To beat that record, who knows?"

On competing for the Ballon d'Or: “I believe in myself. I know I can still achieve a lot. “I’m still young, but yeah, I think I have a chance this year.”

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