Lionel Messi Shines with Two Goals in Inter Miami’s Win Over Orlando

Lionel Messi Shines with Two Goals in Inter Miami’s Win Over Orlando

The star footballer Lionel Messi was among the scorers in the third match for Inter Miami. The captain of Argentina’s world champions scored twice in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Orlando to help his side into the last 16 of the Leagues Cup. Messi has already scored five goals in three games for Inter.

Thirty-six-year-old Messi opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when he handled Robert Taylor’s cross on his chest and sent a hard left-footed shot under the crossbar from a small area. For the second time, the seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or made his mark in the 72nd minute, when from a similar spot, this time with a “weaker” right-footed volley after Josef Martínez’s arc, he determined the final result.

“There is nothing strange about the fact that he scored three goals in five games. We are talking here about the best player in the world, a player who scored 40 goals in a season at the peak of his career,” said Inter coach Tata Martino, who already managed Messi in Barcelona.

Due to storms in Fort Lauderdale, the game started 95 minutes later. In the duel, Messi also collected his first yellow card in the new jersey, he was reprimanded for a foul in the 21st minute. Another long-time Barcelona player, Jordi Alba, made his debut, coming on the pitch in the 64th minute.

Inter’s next opponent in the cup competition for MLS and Mexican MX league teams will be Dallas on Sunday.

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