Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper praises MLS and American soccer following Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami

Jan Oblak asserts that MLS holds a "highly promising future" subsequent to Lionel Messi joining Inter Miami.

Jan Oblak Praises Mls
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Oblak, who has participated in two tours with Atletico Madrid in the United States, first shortly after joining the club in 2014 and then this summer for matches against Sevilla and Real Sociedad, expressed his optimistic outlook on American soccer during a press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s clash with Barcelona.

He conveyed his belief that soccer in the United States is steadily progressing, stating, “I’m sure it’s not going to stop here, and I’m sure football in the US has a very positive future. And I know that the football league is going to improve a lot, and it’s going to become more and more competitive, year on year… It’s going to be very interesting or the people in the US. I think that in a very short period of time, I think that football is going to be one of the sports that people go to, and are going to enjoy a lot, too.”

The interest in MLS isn’t limited to Messi; Oblak’s teammate Antoine Griezmann has openly expressed his desire to play in the league, and there have been rumors linking former Barca striker Luis Suarez with a move to Inter Miami.

Expected to start as the goalkeeper for Atletico Madrid in their upcoming match against Barca, Oblak aims to secure a victory that would firmly place his team in the title race. They are currently four points behind leaders Girona with a game in hand.

Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak



Age: 31

188 cm

87 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 4 0 Missed
Saves 0 0.0 Avg
Punches 0 0.0 Avg
Pen Saved 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 13 times for 1170 minutes for La Liga.

He made 31 saves and conceded 12 goals. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in La Liga. In the last match Atlético Madrid won 3-1 against Feyenoord. The next match in La Liga will be against FC Barcelona.

Atlético Madrid performance and stats

Atlético Madrid

Manager: D. Simeone
Rank 4th
Win 16
Draw 4
Loss 6
Goals 52-28
Diff 24
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 2
Loss 0
Goals 17-6
Diff 11

Atlético Madrid is currently 3rd in the La Liga with 31 points.

In the last 13 games, it has won 10 times, drawn once, and lost twice. In its last match, Atlético Madrid won 1-0 against Mallorca.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 30 goals and conceding 12.​

Atlético Madrid will play the next match in La Liga against FC Barcelona on Sunday 3rd of December in Barcelona. The prediction is FC Barcelona winning the match.​

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 2 0 Missed
Minutes 180 90.0 Avg
Goals 1 0.5 Avg
Assist 1 0.5 Avg
Attempt 4 2.0 Avg
Passes 125 62.582.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 6 times for 372 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi scored 1 goal for Inter Miami. He procured two assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 14th in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 0
Goals 3-1
Diff 2

Inter Miami is currently 14th in the Major League Soccer with 34 points.

In the last 34 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 18 times. In its last match, Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.​​

It has a negative goal difference after scoring 41 goals and conceding 54.​