In a sensational display of soccer brilliance, Inter Miami CF’s newest star player, Lionel Messi, stole the spotlight in Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory at DRV PNK Stadium, propelling the team to the knockout-round of the Leagues Cup. Messi’s magic was on full display as he scored two incredible goals in the first 22 minutes of the match against Atlanta United.
In the 8th minute, Messi capitalized on a brilliant setup by Sergio Busquets, hitting the post first but calmly slotting home the rebound, giving Inter Miami a 1-0 lead. Just 14 minutes later, Messi showcased his class again, receiving a perfect pass from Robert Taylor and expertly finishing from eight yards out, making it 2-0 in favor of Miami.
This amazing performance came in Messi’s first-ever start for Inter Miami, following his dramatic debut in a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul from Liga MX. In that debut, Messi stunned everyone with a 94th-minute walk-off free kick, giving fans a Hollywood-worthy moment in his first MLS game.
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But Messi’s contribution didn’t stop at scoring. He also displayed his playmaking skills by providing two assists for Robert Taylor’s goals in the 44th and 53rd minutes, showing why he’s considered one of the best in the world.
The fans at DRV PNK Stadium erupted with cheers and applause when Messi, the team’s new captain, was substituted off in the 79th minute, and he was credited with 2 goals and 1 assist for the match.
With this victory, Inter Miami secured the top spot in group South 3, setting up an exciting Round of 32 matchup against the South 2 winners on a date yet to be announced (Aug. 2-4).
This unforgettable evening showcased Lionel Messi’s extraordinary talent and passion for the game, leaving Inter Miami fans in awe of their new superstar’s abilities and eagerly anticipating what he’ll bring to the team in the future.