Lionel Messi’s first encounter with Inter Miami
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Lionel Messi’s first encounter with Inter Miami in the regular season proved to be memorable, extraordinary, and dynamic. The question remained, could he replicate his sensational performance in the following game?
Lionel Messi delivered once again.
And he didn’t take much time to do so.
The football virtuoso, widely considered one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, scored two goals within the first 22 minutes. With his assistance in the second half, Inter Miami secured a stunning 4-0 victory against Atlanta United in the League’s Cup match at DRV PNK Stadium on Tuesday night.
Lionel Messi’s MLS career so far: two games, three goals, and one assist – both games resulting in victories.
His mesmerizing display on the field has ignited a frenzy on social media, making it a must-watch on television.
“He is the best player in the world. He just proved it,” said Robert Taylor, who witnessed both of Messi’s solo goals – one showcasing his individual brilliance and the other revealing his spark during the post-game interviews on Apple TV.
“It’s a dream to play alongside him.”
In his first game as a substitute for Inter Miami, Messi kick-started the team’s campaign. And within just a few minutes, Messi found the net, capitalizing on a rebound from his own shot to delight the eager fans.
Lionel Messi received a superb outlet pass from his former FC Barcelona teammate and Inter Miami’s assistant, Sergio Busquets, to set up his first goal in dazzling fashion.
Even though he missed a shot during the opening minutes of the 2022 World Cup, Messi displayed composure and adjusted his shot to find the far post with a curling effort before the netminder could react.
His second goal of the game arrived in the 22nd minute, once again showcasing his finesse – a low drive into the bottom left corner after a neat one-two with Taylor.
Later, Lionel Messi contributed an assist in the second half, helping Taylor with his second goal in the 53rd minute.
Lionel Messi and Taylor, the 28-year-old Finnish international, have displayed an incredible chemistry in both of Inter Miami’s initial league cup games, each contributing three goals to the team’s victories.
Inter Miami’s coach, Tata Martino, stated, “Our partnership has been outstanding, and we can’t deny that. But I have a feeling this is only the beginning.”
Messi left the pitch in the 78th minute, waving to the cheering crowd, recognizing the adoring fans for their support.
His next Inter Miami game in the league cup will take place on August 2-4, against either Orlando City, Houston, or LIGA MX’s Santos Laguna.
With a flawless record in Balloon d’Or wins, Messi has undoubtedly brought an air of confidence to the last-placed team in the MLS standings.
“I think everyone can see what he does. He can do everything on the field. He’s a hundred percent the right decision,” said Taylor.
“He adds so much quality to our team – so much.”
Lionel Messi contributed to Inter Miami’s 4-0 victory by converting his first MLS assist in the second half of Tuesday’s game.
Lionel Messi disrupted the defender in the midfield with a clever pass and found his new favorite collaborator, Robert Taylor, who scored Inter Miami’s second goal in the 53rd minute.
Messi and Taylor now boast six goals between them in the league cup games.
Inter Miami Seals Victory with 3-0 Lead at Half-Time; Can Messi Create More Magic?
In a stunning display, Lionel Messi scored his third goal for Inter Miami. Now, the question arises, what will he bring to the second half?
Messi’s passes led to Robert Taylor’s 44th-minute goal, securing Inter Miami’s 3-0 lead against Atlanta United in the first half.
For Inter Miami, victory or a draw is essential to proceed further in the League Cup. With a 3-0 lead, it remains to be seen if Messi can work his magic again in the second half.
Messi started the game with two goals in the first 22 minutes, setting the tone for a remarkable performance.
How Quickly Did Messi Score His Three Goals in Previous Stops?
Before joining Inter Miami:
– It took Messi 19 games to score three goals for FC Barcelona.
– He scored three goals in six games for Paris Saint-Germain.
– For Argentina, he netted three goals in regular internationals.
DJ Khaled’s Son Joins Messi for Pre-Game
Messi, the game’s first-ever player, was introduced before the match on Tuesday, and he appeared alongside DJ Khaled’s son.
DJ Khaled, the Miami-based hip-hop producer and rap mogul, along with singer Camila Cabello, was also present at the event, attracting several other celebrities.
When Will Messi Begin for Inter Miami?
Messi and Sergio Busquets, the two newest stars for Inter Miami, are expected to start together in their upcoming matches. Inter Miami announced that Messi and Busquets will start the game ahead of their first appearance through an Instagram post on Tuesday.
On the previous Friday, both players were benched for their team’s pre-season game against FC Barcelona.
When is Messi’s Next Match for Inter Miami?
Messi’s first two matches in the League Cup 2023 will feature 47 teams newly-formed competition involving each club from Major League Soccer and Liga MX in the United States or Canada.
Inter Miami’s match against Atlanta United on July 31 will be the first and final match in the first round.
The second game for Messi will commence from August 2-4 in the round of 32.
Following are the fixtures in the League Cup’s knockout stages: Round of 16 (Aug 6-8), quarterfinals (Aug 11-12), semifinals (Aug 16), and the third-place play-off and final (Aug 19).
Beckham’s MLS Debut Goal Magical
Messi’s debut goal for Inter Miami was nothing short of magical. In the 94th minute, from a 25-yard free-kick, he scored the game-winning goal, marking his first appearance for Inter Miami. With this goal, Inter Miami suffered a 2-1 defeat against Liga MX side Cruz Azul.
Messi’s first goal for Inter Miami, co-owned by David Beckham, became a celebration of history as he assisted co-owner David Beckham to cover his eyes due to the emotional storyline completed by the team.