Lionel Messi made his highly anticipated MLS debut on Friday night, and he did not disappoint. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner came off the bench in the second half and scored the game-winning goal in Inter Miami’s 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup.
Messi entered the game in the 58th minute with Inter Miami leading 1-0. Just three minutes later, he curled in a brilliant free kick from 25 yards out to give his team a 2-0 lead. The goal was Messi’s first in MLS, and it came in his first competitive match for Inter Miami.
Messi was a constant threat throughout the game, and he created several other chances for his teammates. He also showed off his passing skills, and he was involved in several of Inter Miami’s best attacking moves.
The victory was a huge moment for Inter Miami, and it was a fitting way for Messi to make his MLS debut. The club has been waiting for this moment for years, and they finally got to see their star player in action.
Messi’s performance was a reminder of why he is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He showed that he still has the ability to make a difference at the highest level, and he will be a major asset for Inter Miami in the years to come.