There is no stopping Lionel Messi and Inter Miami in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
The Argentine scored a sensational goal to give his Inter Miami an early lead against Nashville SC in the Leagues Cup final.
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) August 20, 2023
The ball landed at Messi’s feet in the 24th minute after a pass from teammate Robert Taylor was blocked. Messi dribbled past Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman and unleashed a bending shot from just outside the penalty box into the top left corner of the goal. Diving goalkeeper Elliott Panicco had no chance at playing the ball.
It was Messi’s 10th time in seven games since he has joined Inter Miami from PSG.
Nashville fans had booed Messi on his previous touches of the ball, but the stadium erupted in cheers when the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner who led Argentina to the World Cup crown last year scored.
Since Messi’s announcement, Inter Miami hired former Barcelona and Argentina national team coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino and signed former Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets and veteran defender Jordi Alba.
The club’s rise since has been meteoric.
Messi is a four-time Champions League winner with 10 La Liga titles. His 129 goals in the top club competition are second to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 140.