Lionel Messi nails ridiculous long-range strike as absurd mockery of MLS continues
Lionel Messi is unstoppable in the United States.
The Argentine legend has nailed a stunning long-range finish during Wednesday morning’s Leagues Cup contest against Philadelphia Union, helping put Inter Miami 2-0 ahead in the 20th minute.
From about 30 yards out, Messi picked out the bottom right corner against three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake.
It was the 36-year-old’s ninth goal in six appearances for Inter Miami, who led 3-0 at halftime at Subaru Park on Wednesday.
What can't he do?! 🐐
Make it NINE goals in six games for Leo Messi. pic.twitter.com/HLf3zBFTmV
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 15, 2023
Messi’s goal from this angle is just insane. INSANE. pic.twitter.com/umXT2yQSYm
— MC (@CrewsMat10) August 15, 2023
Messi became the biggest name signing in MLS’s history when he joined Miami after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain came to an end in June.
Last month, Messi made a Hollywood start to his career in America, scoring a last-second winner in his debut game for Inter Miami. NBA great LeBron James, A-list celebrity Kim Kardashian and tennis legend Serena Williams were among the stars who turned out.
Many fans were decked out in replica pink Miami shirts with Messi’s name and number 10 on the back. Others sported Messi masks and banners.
Miami and Major League Soccer hope that the arrival of the Argentine World Cup winner and all-time great will transform the sport and push it into the American mainstream.