Friday, September 29, 2023

Footage shows Lionel Messi’s classy gestures for ex-Tottenham and Newcastle star DeAndre Yedlin in Leagues Cup celebrations

Lionel Messi made sure former Inter Miami captain DeAndre Yedlin was front and centre as the club won their first trophy.

The Major League Soccer outfit beat Nashville 9-10 on penalties to win the Leagues Cup after 1-1 draw sealing David Beckham‘s first silverware as a co-owner.

Messi showed his class by putting Yedlin in the spot lightTWITTER:@MLS

Yedlin had a huge smile on his face as a resultTWITTER:@MLS

Miami’s captain, Messi – who has had an incredible affect in America both on and off the pitch since signing this summer – scored the opening goal in that game that ended 1-1 at the end of extra time.

As skipper, fans were all expecting the 2022 World Cup winner to be the one to lift the trophy in the celebrations – but Messi had other ideas.

The Argentine became captain when he arrived at the club, replacing United States international DeAndre Yedlin, who once played for Tottenham and Newcastle.

But footage from after the final whistle shows Messi going up to Yedlin and placing the armband on him.

“No, no, no!” Yedlin can be heard saying as he stares at his teammate in disbelief whilst he puts it on his arm.

But Messi doesn’t listen, places the armband and walks away, leaving Yedlin grinning from ear to ear.

The Barcelona legend made another classy gesture when the team went up on the podium, making sure he and Yedlin held one side of the trophy as they lifted is aloft.

Messi has now scored nine goals in six appearances for Inter Miami.

Messi passed the trophy to Yedlin to carry as they walked into positionTWITTER:@MLS

Before the pair lifted it togetherTWITTER:@MLS

Love to see it. ©

Leo Messi made sure previous @InterMiamiCF captain DeAndre Yedlin played an equal role in lifting the club’s first trophy.

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 20, 2023

He is set to make his MLS debut on Sunday August 27 against New York Red Bulls.

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