LIONEL MESSI avoided speaking English publicly for the first time during his Inter Miami press conference on Thursday.
The 36-year-old Argentinian has made his debut at the MLS club, scoring nine goals in six games.
And he has guided David Beckham’s America side to the League Cup final where they will face Nashville on Sunday.
Ahead of Messi’s pre-match press conference, there was speculation that he would be speaking English in front of the media for the first time in his career.
However, when a question was asked, he grabbed headphones to listen to the translation – before replying in Spanish.
While he didn’t flaunt his English skills, that didn’t stop him from digging at ex-club Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi spent two seasons at the French giants after leaving Barcelona amid emotional circumstances.
The LaLiga side were forced to let their greatest player of all time leave the Nou Camp due to a financial crisis.
And comparing his move to Inter Miami to his move to PSG, he insisted he never dared the move from Barcelona to Paris.
He said: “I am delighted that there will be another game to continue this happiness. I’m very happy now, I said that from the start.”
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“I made the decision to come here to this city, it was a decision we made over time.” We didn’t make that decision overnight, and that’s why everything is so much easier.
“We are where we want to be and it was our choice, so everything is much easier.”
“I did not want to go [Barcelona] for PSG and that was [an] overnight [decision].
“I wanted to stay in Barcelona but I had to get used to a different place, a different place than where I had lived in relation to the city.
“It was difficult in Paris, but it’s the exact opposite of what’s going on with me here and now.”