Tata Martino Hails Lionel Messi’s Mentality After Inter Miami’s Draw Against Nashville

Tata Martino Hails Lionel Messi’s Mentality After Inter Miami’s Draw Against Nashville

Elijah Odetokun
updated at September 15, 2023 at 7:52 AM
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  • Inter Miami are unbeaten since Lionel Messi joined the club in July
  • He helped the club to win the inaugural 2023 Leagues Cup
  • Head coach, Tata Martino has revealed a moment he told Messi to relax

It is not debatable that Lionel Messi's career is nearing its twilight. In the final days of his career, it has been about removing stigmas and debunking myths about him.

At some point, fans ran along with the notion that his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is hardworking, while Messi is simply talented. This is proving to be false as both approach the end of their careers.

Messi found a new lease of life with the national team since Lionel Scaloni took over in 2018 and has won three trophies for Argentina, including the Copa America and 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Gerardo Martino, Lionel Messi, Inter Miami, New York Red Bulls.
Gerardo Martino watches as Lionel Messi prepares to make his MLS debut as a substitute. Photo by Ira L. Black.
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As reported by Sportskeeda, the success with the national team is helping him take on the final moments of his career with ease as he has achieved everything in football.

Martino hails Messi's mentality

Messi and his Inter Miami coach, Gerardo Martino, share a long history: both were born in Rosario and are working together for the third time, having previously worked together at Barcelona and with the national team.

Martino is no stranger to Messi but is still in awe of his competitiveness at 36, despite his success. He recalled a moment he was forced to give him advice.

“Leo was visibly frustrated after our scoreless draw against Nashville. I had to tell him, ‘relax, we’re not going to win every game, we can’t allow draws, but we have to continue to find ways to grow’,” Tata told The Athletic.
“He was very bitter. It was as if we had lost the game. We’re still trying to find ourselves (as a team), but he’s on a permanent quest to win, and it’s very difficult to change that mentality. I would never want to change that mentality either. That’s what makes him better.”

Miami are six points away from a playoff spot with eight games left in the MLS season, leaving a big opportunity for the team. They have another chance at silverware in the US Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo on September 27.

Haaland admires Messi's dribbling

Sports Brief reported on Haaland wanting one attribute of Messi's ahead of their showdown for the coveted Ballon d'Or later next month.

The Manchester City star was asked to name any player and pick one attribute in them, and it was gracious for him to pick Messi and name his dribbling as one attribute he wanted.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.