Lionel Messi put on another incredible performance, scoring twice in Inter Miami’s 3-1 victory over MLS rivals Orlando City. The 36-year-old football legend fired his team into the Leagues Cup Round of 16 at the DRV PNK Stadium in Florida.
Despite a delay of over 90 minutes due to adverse weather conditions, Messi mesmerized his new fans with his skills. He opened the scoring in the seventh minute, volleying home from close range after a pass from Robert Taylor. Orlando City equalized shortly after, but Messi showed his leadership qualities by immediately taking charge after the break.
When Inter Miami was awarded a penalty, it was expected that Messi would take the shot. However, he selflessly allowed teammate Josef Martinez to convert the penalty kick. Martinez, who had not scored in the Leagues Cup prior to this match, found the bottom left corner of the net.
Martinez then turned provider, setting up Messi for his second goal in the 72nd minute. Messi started the counter-attack by finding Taylor down the left flank, who then found an unmarked Martinez in the box. Martinez unselfishly passed the ball to Messi, who fired a right-footed volley into the bottom corner from six yards out.
After his brilliant “hold my beer” celebration in the previous week’s win against Atlanta, Messi debuted another celebration. This time, he performed the “Wakanda Forever” salute, made famous by the Marvel superhero film “Black Panther.” Fans loved his celebration, with many praising him as the “King of the pitch” and the “real Black Panther.”
Messi will now travel with the Inter squad to face FC Dallas in the Round of 16 at the Toyota Stadium, home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. It’s a fitting place for Messi to showcase his talent.
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Lionel Messi pulled off yet another electrifying performance, inspiring Inter Miami FC to a 2-1 victory against Orlando City at the Orlando City Stadium on Saturday. Messi, who has been living up to sky-high expectations since joining the team, not only scored both goals for Miami, but also made a statement with his creative new celebration move.
In the 30th minute of the match, the Spanish superstar scored the opening goal with a powerful shot from outside the box. He then celebrated in trademark Messi style by pulling off his signature double-sleeve point to the sky. As the Inter Miami team and supporters rejoiced, Messi took the celebration up a notch, adding a new wrinkle with a twirl around his body that captivated viewers.
He would go on to double his tally in the 64th minute with a majestic free kick that curled away from Orlando keeper Brian Rowe. With the score at 2-1, Inter Miami would go on to secure a well-deserved victory, but it was Messi’s celebration that made headlines.
The goal celebration was the latest example of Messi’s charismatic showmanship on the pitch. He is widely beloved by fans across the globe and known for his quick feet and innovative goal celebrations. Fans of Inter Miami, both on the pitch and on social media, celebrated the debut of this new move and the Club’s first victory of the season.
In typical Messi style, he seems to be wasting no time in making his mark on his new team. Guided by his leadership, Inter Miami looks to be in good hands for the foreseeable future.