Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, continues his scoring streak, weaving magic on the field with an unprecedented 9-goal marvel in just six matches with Inter Miami. His extraordinary performance has propelled Miami to its first-ever CONCACAF Leagues Cup final, marking a significant milestone in the club’s four-season competition history.
With Inter Miami’s recent 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union, Messi has emerged as a beacon for Miami’s success, demonstrating an uncanny agility and precision on the field. His ninth goal, scored in the 20th minute of the match, was a stunning spectacle, with a low rocket from over 30 yards out that skipped past the outreached fingers of Union keeper Andre Blake, ricocheting off the right post into the net.
In just a month, Messi, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, has not only led Miami to new heights but also positioned himself third on the club’s all-time scoring list. He’s just 20 goals behind his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain, the top scorer.
Miami’s victory over Philadelphia was not just a testament to Messi’s unrivaled skills but also to the team’s growing prowess. Jordi Alba, the Spanish veteran, scored his first goal in the four appearances since joining Inter, and David Ruiz closed the match with a fourth goal for Miami, squashing any hopes of a late Union comeback.
Messi’s arrival has undoubtedly created a surge in enthusiasm among the fans, with ticket prices soaring past $1,000 on the secondary market. The Philly game saw an attendance pushing 20,000, a testament to Messi’s drawing power. Fans erupted in joy when Messi scored, and the Messi mania continued throughout the match.
The Leagues Cup final is set to take place on August 19th in Nashville, Tennessee, where Miami will face either Nashville SC or Mexican club Monterrey. Regardless of the outcome, Lionel Messi’s influence on Inter Miami is undeniable, and his 9-goal marvel is a testament to his legendary status in the world of soccer.
Messi’s journey with Inter Miami is not just about winning games. As David Beckham, the former English footballer and co-owner of Inter Miami, puts it, Messi is here to “win and inspire the next generation of soccer players” in the US. With his phenomenal performance, Messi is certainly setting the bar high and creating a new narrative for Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.
Whether it’s the fans lining up for Messi jerseys or the ones cheering for every goal, the Messi effect is palpable. Major League Soccer is indeed Messi’s league now, and with his continued performance, the future of Inter Miami looks promisingly bright.
The Union’s path and other teams’ to an MLS championship suddenly seems complicated by Messi’s arrival. As Jay Sugarman, Union principal owner, rightly pointed out, “Messi is the match.” The Messi marvel in Miami continues, and it’s just the beginning of a new era in American soccer.