Inter Miami Beats NY Red Bulls Thanks to Messi’s Magic in MLS Debut

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Lionel Messi made a sensational debut in Major League Soccer on Saturday, scoring a stunning goal and leading Inter Miami to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at DRV PNK Stadium. The Argentine superstar, who joined Inter Miami from Paris Saint-Germain in August, received a standing ovation from the fans and the media, who witnessed one of the most memorable moments in MLS history.

Messi’s goal came in the 71st minute, when he received a pass from Gonzalo Higuaín on the right wing. He cut inside and dribbled past two defenders, before unleashing a left-footed shot from 25 yards that curled into the top corner, leaving Carlos Coronel helpless. It was his first goal in MLS, and his 777th goal in his professional career .

The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Inter Miami players and fans, who chanted Messi’s name and waved flags and banners in his honor. Messi ran towards the corner flag and slid on his knees, before being mobbed by his teammates. He then pointed to the sky and kissed his wrist, dedicating his goal to his late friend and compatriot Diego Maradona, who died in November 2020 .

Messi’s goal also gave Inter Miami the lead, after they had fallen behind in the 54th minute, when Patryk Klimala scored for the Red Bulls. Inter Miami had equalized in the 65th minute, when Higuaín converted a penalty after Messi was fouled by Andrés Reyes in the box.

Inter Miami held on to their lead until the final whistle, securing their third consecutive win and moving up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 39 points from 26 games . The Red Bulls suffered their second consecutive loss and remained in seventh place with 32 points from 25 games .

Messi was named the man of the match, after producing a masterclass performance that delighted the fans and impressed the critics. He completed 42 passes, created four chances, had five shots, and won four fouls. He also showed his leadership and work ethic, as he tracked back to help his defense and encouraged his teammates throughout the game .

Messi’s debut was also a huge success for Inter Miami and MLS, as they attracted a record attendance of 22,000 fans at DRV PNK Stadium, as well as millions of viewers around the world. Messi’s jersey sales also skyrocketed, as he became the most popular player in MLS history .

Messi’s debut was a historic occasion for soccer in America, as he brought his magic and talent to a new league and a new audience. He proved that he is still one of the best players in the world, and that he can make a difference in any team and any league. He also showed that he is happy and motivated to play for Inter Miami, and that he is ready to take on new challenges and goals.

Messi’s debut was a dream come true for him and for his fans, who witnessed one of the greatest goals ever scored in MLS. It was also a sign of things to come, as Messi is set to dazzle and dominate MLS for years to come. He is Lionel Messi, and he is here to stay.

Messi combined with former Barcelona FC teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba in the play leading up to the the goal, a combination that made fans reminisce over the trio’s dominant time in La Liga.

Messi and Inter Miami return to action on Wednesday for a contest against Nashville SC as the club continues its playoff push through the last 10 games of the regular season.

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