Messi Shows Why He’s the GOAT with a Stunning Strike in Inter Miami’s 4-1 Win over Philadelphia Union

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Lionel Messi has done it again. The Argentine superstar scored a stunning goal from 30 yards out to lead Inter Miami to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union in the Leagues Cup semifinal on Tuesday night. The goal was Messi’s ninth in six games since joining the MLS club, and it sent the fans into a frenzy at Subaru Park.

Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina last year, has been a revelation for Inter Miami, who are unbeaten since his arrival. The 36-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down, and he has lifted the level of his teammates with his vision, creativity, and leadership.

The Leagues Cup is a tournament that features teams from MLS and Liga MX, the top leagues in North America. Inter Miami will face either Nashville or Monterrey in the final on Saturday, hoping to win their first trophy in their history.

Messi’s goal came in the 20th minute, when he received the ball from Jordi Alba and unleashed a powerful shot that flew past three defenders and goalkeeper Andre Blake. The crowd erupted as Messi celebrated with his arms wide open and then fist-pumped in the air.

The goal was a highlight of a dominant first half for Inter Miami, who also scored through Josef Martínez and Alba. Martínez opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a header from a corner kick, while Alba made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute with a low shot from inside the box.

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Philadelphia Union, who are fourth in the MLS Eastern Conference, tried to fight back in the second half and pulled one back through captain Alejandro Bedoya in the 53rd minute. However, Inter Miami restored their three-goal cushion in the 71st minute, when 19-year-old David Ruiz scored his first professional goal with a header from a cross by Martínez.

The game was a historic occasion for both teams and their fans, who witnessed one of the greatest players of all time in action. Some tickets for the game sold out in less than 10 minutes and reached more than $1,000 on the resale market. The average resale price of $556 was the highest in Union history.

The game also attracted worldwide attention, as Messi’s exploits were widely shared on social media and praised by pundits and fans alike. Many hailed Messi as the best player ever and marveled at his ability to adapt to a new league and team at his age.

Messi has proven that he still has plenty to offer to the game of soccer, and he has made Inter Miami one of the most exciting teams to watch in North America. He will look to add another trophy to his illustrious collection on Saturday, when he will face another challenge in the Leagues Cup final.

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