Lionel Messi will not be on loan or in the playoffs, so how will Inter Miami's top player spend his four-month sabbatical from MLS action?

The Argentine's career has been nonstop for two decades, but he appears to be taking a break over the winter months.

Lionel Messi has played a lot of football since making his debut for Barcelona nearly two decades ago.

There are perks and curses that come with being one of the finest to ever do it, and the biggest curse is that you put a lot of miles on your legs throughout the years.

Messi has appeared in 899 club matches since 2003, and that does not include preseason friendly. When you factor in the 201 total matches he's played for Argentina

that works out to 55 matches a year, or more than one per month.So, as Messi faces an MLS offseason unlike any he's ever seen, he must be wondering, "Now what?

By failing to enter the playoffs, Inter Miami will now take a longer gap from competitive action than Messi has ever had. The Argentine was linked with a return to Barcelona to maintain his fitness

but a reunion with his former club is unlikely.Miami's 2023 calendar isn't complete yet, but they won't meet again with a victory in mind until early January,

and won't play another significant encounter until February, meaning Messi and company will go at least three-and-a-half months without a competitive matchup.

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