Flying on Lionel Messi Private Jet and Postponing Shirt Swap Request – Thiago Almada Spills the Beans on Experiences with Fellow MLS and Argentina Star

Thiago Almada has talked about his time with Lionel Messi, including using the Argentine’s private jet and putting off a shirt request.
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The 22-year-old playmaker formed part of the Albiceleste’s triumphant World Cup squad in Qatar 2022. He was able to rub shoulders with Messi there, while both are now playing their club football in the MLS at Atlanta United and Inter Miami, respectively.Lionel Messi World Cup trophy

Seeing Messi move to the United States has its perks for Almada, with the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner making journeys back to Argentina easier for his fellow countrymen. Almada has told Ole of using Messi’s private jet: “It was only once; [Inter Miami star Facundo] Farias was there too. I travelled to Miami, and the three of us travelled on his plane.”

Almada now feels more comfortable in Messi’s company, but added on waiting until he faced the all-time great in MLS action before asking for his shirt: “I had never asked him. I was waiting to face him to ask him because, here on the national team, I didn’t want to bother him with that. I met him when I was on the U20 team, and I had to be a sparring partner for the seniors. Imagine that for us who were kids, it was crazy to have him there. We watched him train. He’s a phenomenon, a crack. But for me, apart from being the best in the world, he’s a normal person, and because that’s how he is, you can talk to him.”Almada Messi Argentina World Cup

Almada will be hoping to cross Messi’s path again on a regular basis in 2024, with the pair readying themselves for a return to domestic action in MLS while also counting down the days to the defence of a Copa America crown, which will also take place on American soil.


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