Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi: They accept losing a bit more in MLS

Lionel Messi signs for Inter Miami
Lionel Messi.

Former Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Los Angeles FC winger Gareth Bale has told new Inter Miami recruit Lionel Messi “there is no consequence” for losing in Major League Soccer.

Messi recently left Paris-Saint Germain in the French Ligue 1 to join Inter Miami in MLS.

Bale, like Messi, played several seasons in the Spanish LaLiga before joining MLS in the United States of America.

“It is a lot more chilled,” Bale told BT Sport.

“If you lose at Real Madrid, it is like the world has ended. You are crucified. You feel down. You go home and you’re not happy.

“They accept losing a bit more in MLS. There is no consequence. You can’t get relegated over there. When you lose a game you go on to the next one. They accept losing a lot better over there.”

When will Lionel Messi play for Inter Miami?

Messi will reportedly debut for Inter Miami in 21 July 2023’s Leagues Cup fixture with Liga MX’s Cruz Azul.

“They know how to lose but they celebrate every win like you have won the championship. He will definitely enjoy it,” added Bale.

Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina last year, was with PSG for two seasons after exiting Barcelona.

He publicly expressed interest in rejoining Barcelona before signing for Inter Miami.

“I want to compete in a league with fewer demands,” he said at the time.

Major League Soccer (MLS) history

Major League Soccer’s first season was in 1996.

LA Galaxy are the most successful team with five titles.

The league currently comprises 29 teams.

Los Angeles FC are the reigning MLS champions.

New York FC won the title in 2021 and Columbus Crew in 2020.

Toronto FC are the only Canadian team to win an MLS title. They did this in 2017.

D.C. United were the inaugural champions in 1996. They also own the title in 1997 and 1999.

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