Lionel Messi: Fans React After Inter Miami Star Supposedly Speaks English for First Time

Lionel Messi: Fans React After Inter Miami Star Supposedly Speaks English for First Time

Martin Moses
updated at May 29, 2024 at 11:53 AM
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  • Lionel Messi spoke in English in a video with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
  • Fans are convinced the Inter Miami star spoke the language for the first time
  • Messi was born in Argentina before playing a huge chunk of his career in Spain

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For all the enjoyment, success and achievements he has brought to football, Lionel Messi's fans have been yearning for the Argentine to do one thing - speak English.

Having been born in Argentina, a Spanish-speaking country, and moved to Spain at a tender age, Messi has almost never felt the need to learn English.

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Lionel Messi smiles during pregame warmup before the game between New York Red Bulls and Inter Miami CF on May 4, 2024, at Chase Stadium. Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire.
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His press conferences, after winning the thousands of awards he has won, have always been conducted in Spanish.

Fans are, however, now convinced that the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner spoke English for the time. The video was part of the promotional content he has been involved with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence ahead of their widely-publicised movie, Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

Reactions to Messi speaking English

Messi only said two English words, 'Bad Boys', but that wasn't enough to excite his fans.

@CFCMod said,

"Bro has been fooling everyone for years so he can hide from the media,"

@Shamoli said,

"I watched it again to believe my ears,"

@Libra said,

"We can’t hate on Messi; he is naturally loved."

@SomtoBekee took a satirical approach,

"Rooney, who? This is the greatest English football player to ever exist."

Messi shoots Bad Boys: Ride or Die promo

Sports Brief reported on Messi linking up with Smith and Lawrence in Miami.

The two Hollywood stars will release their new version of Bad Boys on June 5.

The video saw Messi hit the ball directly into the camera, much to the surprise of the actors.

Highest-paid athletes in 2024

Sports Brief recently reported on Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes in 2024.

Messi is in third place, earning $135 million, just behind golfer John Rahm, who has $218 million and Cristiano Ronaldo leads the list for the fourth successive year with $260 million.

LeBron James is fourth with $128.2 million, followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo ($111 million), Kylian Mbappe ($110 million) and Neymar ($108 million).

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