Fort Lauderdale, USA – The football world was electrified as Lionel Messi, the Argentinian superstar, enjoyed a dream debut for Inter Miami, securing a 2-1 victory with a breathtaking last-minute free-kick. The much-anticipated match took place at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, where Messi showcased his brilliance in front of a star-studded audience, including the likes of LeBron James, Kim Kardashian, and Serena Williams.
Introduced into the game shortly after the break with Inter Miami leading 1-0, Messi’s impact was initially limited as opponents Cruz Azul mounted strong pressure and soon found the equalizer. The match seemed destined for a draw until stoppage time, when the footballing icon was fouled just outside the penalty area, earning a crucial free-kick opportunity. Stepping up to the challenge, Messi masterfully curled the ball into the top corner, sealing a fairytale start to his career in the United States.
In an emotional moment captured on camera, co-owner David Beckham couldn’t contain his astonishment and joy as Messi’s strike found the back of the net. After the game, Messi shared his thoughts on the game-changing moment, expressing that he was fully focused on scoring during the last play of the game to avoid penalties. He emphasized the importance of the win for boosting the team’s confidence in the ongoing tournament.
Although Inter Miami struggled to gain control of the game during the first half, goalkeeper Drake Callendar’s heroics and a well-taken goal from Robert Taylor provided them with an unexpected lead against the run of play. However, Cruz Azul fought back and found the equalizer through Uriel Antuna after Messi and Busquets entered the field in a double substitution.
Despite facing challenges and seeing one goal he assisted being disallowed for offside, Messi’s determination and unparalleled talent shone through when it mattered most. His stunning left-footed free-kick left the goalkeeper with no chance as it nestled into the top corner, sending the fans into a frenzy and leaving even the most seasoned supporters, including David Beckham, in awe.
Messi’s debut was a memorable night for the club and its supporters, marking a successful beginning to the long-anticipated and big-money move to Inter Miami. Embraced by Beckham as he left the pitch to a standing ovation, the football legend proved that he can deliver magic even in the most crucial moments of his storied career.
The victory in the Leagues Cup opener provided Inter Miami with a boost of confidence, and fans are eager to witness more of Messi’s brilliance in the games to come. With the world-class talent now gracing the MLS franchise, expectations are sky-high as Inter Miami embarks on a promising journey with Lionel Messi leading the charge.