What Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi Plans to Do In Retirement

Perish the thought, La Familia. But, it’s certainly not out of the question for Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi to start looking ahead to retirement… even if we aren’t ready.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi maneuvers around Toronto FC defenders in a recent MLS match.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi maneuvers around Toronto FC defenders in a recent MLS match. / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
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Most adults get asked the question of what they want to do when they retire.

Well, at 36, Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi isn’t any different.

Interesting to see what his answer is.

Let’s get after it.

No, Lionel Messi Isn’t Retiring Yet

First of all, calm down. Messi isn’t hanging up his Inter Miami pink shirt yet.

But bear in mind, he is 36, and, as a forward, it’s not out of the question to get asked at that age and at that position what your plans are for retirement.

The question is prompted by his early exit in the Herons’ 4-0 win over Toronto earlier in the week.

Well, the football media loves drama and it loves sensational headlines, so asking the world’s greatest player what his plans are for retirement will certainly garner both… drama and headlines.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi looks on before being subbed off in Inter Miami's match against Toronto FC. / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Messi, however, is pretty deft at dealing with the media after years of experience with European journalists in search of clickbait for websites and massive headlines in sports newspapers.

Of course, European outlets wonder if he will stick around for Argentina’s run at a repeat as World Cup champions in 2026 when the tournament is in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Bear in mind, the maestro will be 39 when the tournament starts.

No matter what his retirement plans are, it’s likely he will stick around long enough for La Albiceleste to battle for the Copa America next summer.