Lionel Messi is 'just one of the guys' at Inter Miami, as new teammate Julian Gressel praises him for his 'humble' nature - but admits it's hard not to be in awe of him during games!

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By Jake Nisse

Published: 11:38 EST, 2 March 2024 | Updated: 11:50 EST, 2 March 2024

Lionel Messi whitethorn beryllium an eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, a World Cup champion and nan highest-paid subordinate successful MLS, but he's 'just 1 of nan guys' astatine Inter Miami according to caller teammate Julian Gressel.

Speaking connected his 'PLAYER/MANAGER' podcast pinch Zealand, Gressel praised Messi for his humility - while admitting he sometimes finds himself successful awe of nan Argentine.

'He makes you consciousness comfortable, he makes you consciousness portion of nan team, and it's surely cool to spot really he's conscionable 1 of nan guys, 1 nan teammates - that wants nan champion for nan team, that wants to win,' Gressel said.


He added, 'It's thing that [Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba] person done from nan commencement really, wherever they don't enactment arsenic if they're amended than anybody else... they're really humble guys, really bully guys, family first, really bully teammates, he's evidently an unthinkable captain.

Gressel was conscionable feet distant from Messi erstwhile he outrageously dinked nan shot complete a Real Salt Lake player successful nan first crippled of nan season, and said his teammate produces thing 'every day' successful training that makes him opportunity 'wow.'

Lionel Messi is 'just 1 of nan guys' successful nan Inter Miami locker room, says Julian Gressel

Gressel (back right) joined Inter Miami this offseason aft winning MLS Cup pinch Columbus

Of nan infinitesimal vs. RSL, Gressel said, 'To beryllium 2 yards distant from him, it was just, 'Oh my God.''

Still, nan seasoned midfielder seems to beryllium adjusting to life playing alongside Messi, Suarez, Busquets and Alba. 

'In nan opening erstwhile I first met them and stuff, you person to interest astir not falling excessively overmuch into these awe moments, and really being like, 'OK, you're really a teammate, you gotta benignant of play and beryllium location and do nan work.'

'It didn't return maine excessively agelong to kinda shingle it out, shingle it disconnected and support going.'

Gressel besides shared successful nan podcast that Messi has started speaking to him successful English - which he does not do publicly.

Gressel praised nan likes of Messi, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets for their humility

'There was 1 infinitesimal successful Saudi, I hide which crippled it was but possibly nan first game, against Al Hilal and he came complete to maine and said to maine successful English. It was nan first clip he said to maine successful English. 

'During nan crippled he covers his rima because location are ever a cardinal cameras connected him. He covers his rima and says 'now, we change. You enactment and Jordi (Alba) runs, Jordi goes much successful behind'. I was conscionable for illustration 'yes, good - sounds good!'.

'The funny portion was after, he goes 'English, beautiful good, no?'. I was for illustration 'yes, very very good! I understood everything!'.

The Herons person 4 points done their first 2 games and will big Orlando City this weekend.

Messi notched his first extremity of nan play past weekend vs. nan LA Galaxy, arsenic he salvaged a tie for his side.

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