LeBron James hails Messi as the “GOAT of soccer”, has nothing but ‘respect’ for the World Champion

LeBron James is widely acknowledged as one of the best players in the NBA and stands among the greatest athletes due to his raw athleticism and work ethic. His continued dominance sets him apart from younger players in the league.

Recently, James lauded soccer phenom Lionel Messi for his surprising move to the MLS, where he joined David Beckham’s Inter Miami. Messi’s decision has gained admiration from James.

LeBron James once again lavishes praise on Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is one of the world’s most sought-after celebrities and athletes with hundreds of records to his name and numerous trophies to fill his trophy cabinet. Without a doubt, the player has a presence on the global stage.

LeBron James
James was full of praise for Messi via USA Today Sports

Last year, Lionel Messi made a bold transfer to the MLS, persuaded by none other than football superstar, David Beckham, who is also the owner of MLS side, Inter Miami. Ever since, Messi has been the talk of the town, especially among athletes in the USA.

The news of Messi’s move to the MLS reached Lakers legend LeBron James, who expressed his admiration for the Argentinean following his arrival. Bron commended Messi’s work ethic, dedication, and talent, labeling him the greatest player of all time. James also proudly declared that Messi’s arrival would contribute to the growth of the sport in the USA, serving as an inspiration to the younger generation in the country.

Lionel Messi
Messi recently moved to Inter Miami via Getty Images

The King, LeBron James said, “Seeing, the GOAT of soccer, Lionel Messi grace the MLS with his great presence is a game-changer for us. His arrival not only elevates the league but also inspires a new generation of soccer fans in our country. It takes unparalleled dedication, work ethic, and talent to achieve what Messi has, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. I’m wishing all the best to him.”

Lionel Messi has not only received high praises from LeBron James but has also received praises from the late Kobe Bryant, who recently got a statue in his honor outside the Lakers’ Crypto Arena.

Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant once kept Messi’s signed photo in his locker

One of basketball’s finest legends, Kobe Bryant was a huge fan of former FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Kobe was well-known around the world for his will to compete and hunger for success. Throughout his career, the Lakers legend inspired millions of kids and fans around the world with his competitive spirit.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe was an avid FC Barcelona fan back in his time via USA Today Sports

At the same time, Bryant was a huge Lionel Messi fan, who was just erupting into the scene when Kobe had established himself as a superstar. Back in 2010, the legend revealed to the sports world that he kept a picture of the football superstar, which was signed by Lionel Messi himself.

Kobe was also in awe of Messi’s work ethic and skills. He spoke to the media, praising Messi, saying, “He is the best player in the world and continues to get better. The match he had last week was phenomenal. He is a ball of energy and is very creative, his game knows no boundaries. He is also very tough as he competes, plays hard to get the ball and to get it back.”

Kobe had a Messi picture autographed by Messi in his locker room via David Ramos

There is no doubt that Messi’s fan following includes multiple NBA athletes and superstars from all facets of sports. With the likes of LeBron, welcoming and praising the player, the growth of football will be magnanimous.

Caleb Mathew

169 articles

Feel free to reach out to me at @calebmathewww on Instagram.


Leave a Comment