Lionel Messi, with his impressive beginnings at Inter Miami, netted two goals in a 3-1 triumph over Orlando City during the Leagues Cup on Wednesday, continuing his hot streak.
The veteran footballer, aged 36, contributed two short-distance goals aiding his team in advancing to the tournament’s round of 16.
Prior to Messi’s arrival, Miami hadn’t seen a win in 11 consecutive games, but now, they’ve scored victories in their most recent three matches.
Jordi Alba, Messi’s old teammate from Barcelona, had his inaugural appearance in Miami, joining the game as a substitute in the 64th minute.
Sergio Busquets, another former colleague from Camp Nou, has also transitioned to the Florida team, with the ex-Barcelona and Argentina manager, Tata Martino, assuming the helm after Phil Neville’s departure.
According to DeAndre Yedlin, Messi’s teammate and former Newcastle defender, the Argentinian forward instills “fear” into the opposition.
“His mere presence boosts the morale of everyone on the team. You know he’ll create an opportunity out of any tough situation when you pass the ball to him,” commented Yedlin in a post-game interview.
“On the other hand, it instills a certain level of dread in the opposing teams. They tend to retreat a bit, which subsequently provides us more room to play.”
The Miami team, owned by David Beckham, will confront FC Dallas in Texas on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals of the Leagues Cup. The tournament, which started in 2019, involves teams from the US and Mexico in a knockout competition.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lionel Messi Inter Miami performance
How many goals has Lionel Messi scored for Inter Miami so far?
Lionel Messi has scored five goals in his first three appearances for Inter Miami.
Who was the opposing team when Lionel Messi scored twice for Inter Miami in the Leagues Cup?
Lionel Messi scored twice against Orlando City in the Leagues Cup, leading to a 3-1 victory for Inter Miami.
How has Inter Miami’s performance been since Messi’s arrival?
Inter Miami’s performance has improved significantly since Messi’s arrival. They were winless in 11 games prior to his joining, but have now won their last three matches consecutively.
Which former Barcelona player made his debut for Inter Miami in the same match?
Jordi Alba, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate, made his Miami debut in the same match, coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute.
Who will Inter Miami play next in the Leagues Cup?
Inter Miami will next play against FC Dallas in Texas on Sunday for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Leagues Cup.
Who are some of Messi’s former Barcelona colleagues now associated with Inter Miami?
Messi’s former Barcelona teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets have also moved to Inter Miami. Additionally, ex-Barcelona and Argentina manager Tata Martino is now in charge of the team.