Barcelona Duo Run Mesh 2 assists rating 8.8
Lionel Messi scored multiple assists this time. One of the help was directed at former Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba.
Messi’s team Inter Miami met LAFC in the 25th round of the 2023 U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) at Bank of California Stadium on the 4th (Korea Standard Time) and won 3-1
Miami activated the 5-3-2 formation. Pakundo Parias and Lionel Messi were on the front line. Diego Gomes, Sergio Busquets and Benjamin Kremaschi worked together in the midfield. The defence consisted of Hordi Alba – Kamal Miller – Sergey Kristoff – Thomas Abiles – DeAndre Yedlin. The goalkeeper was Drake Calender.
The team that scored the first goal was Miami. In the 14th minute of the first half, Parias followed the rear pass and shot as he slid. It was a less powerful shot, but the opposing goalkeeper couldn’t block it, so it hit the goalpost and a lucky goal went in.
Miami took the lead five minutes early in the second half. The “Barcelona Duo” collaborated on the goal. Alba attempted to penetrate the gate with bold overlapping, and Messi did not miss it. Alba received Messi’s through pass and shook the opponent’s net with an accurate left-footed shot.
Messi also scored a assist in the 38th minute of the second half. Messi took a shooting chance after dribbling, but conceded to Leonardo Campana, who was next to him. Campana received a pass and finished calmly and scored a goal that sealed the team’s victory.
LAFC’s Hollingshead scored a comeback goal in the 45th minute of the second half, but there was not enough time to reverse the result. The game ended with a 3-1 Miami victory without additional points. Messi has scored 11 goals and 5 assists since moving to the U.S. with two assists in this game.
After the match, the soccer statistics company “Footmob” gave Messi an 8.8 rating and designated him as the best player. Sopascore rated Messi at 8.2 points. “Sopascore” also gave Messi the highest score among both teams.
Messi was considered one of the best players in football history, playing for FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Messi scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barcelona. He also recorded 303 help. In Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 32 goals and 35 assists in 75 matches. He made more than one attack point per game.
There was no trophy Messi didn’t win. He has won numerous individual awards, including three FIFA Most Valuable Player Awards, three UEFA Player of the Year Awards, and six Spanish Primera Liga Most Valuable Player Awards. The team career is also incredible. He won four UEFA Champions League titles, 10 La Liga titles, and 7 Copa del Rey titles. The Ballon d’Or, given to the best player, has won seven awards so far.
Some evaluated Messi as not the best player because he did not win the FIFA World Cup. Messi’s only flaw was his flaw. The World Cup did not seem to be a fate for Messi’s career, as Argentina remained in second place in Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Messi’s heyday.
Messi actually led Argentina to victory in Qatar at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the last World Cup of his career. Messi led the team by scoring multiple goals in the final. The Golden Ball given by the World Cup MVP was also up to Messi.
Messi, who was old but still maintained his form, suddenly headed to the U.S. on the outskirts of soccer. Recently, investment in U.S. soccer has increased and famous players are heading, but it was a bit disappointing for Messi’s name. The transfer was shocking as Messi’s former team Barcelona was also preparing for Messi’s return.
Messi proved his ability even after moving to the U.S. Messi has reported goals since his debut in the U.S. In the match against Cruz Azul, he led the team to victory with a final free-kick goal in the second half. Messi’s performance and leadership fascinated his team’s coach.
After the match against Cruz Azul, Inter Miami Martino predicted that “Messi will captain the team in the future.” As the coach predicted, Messi wore the captain’s armband from the match against Atlanta United.
He returned the coach’s expectations with multiple goals. Messi scored consecutive goals in the 8th minute of the first half and 22nd minute of the first half, leading his team to a 4-0 victory. Messi scored the first goal with Taylor’s assist just seven minutes into the first half against Orlando City. In the 27th minute of the second half, he penetrated the opponent’s goal with a right-footed shot. Once again, he took the lead in winning the team with multiple goals.
Messi didn’t stop. He also scored multiple goals against FC Dallas in the quarterfinals on the 7th. Messi, who also scored against Charlotte FC in the semifinals, has scored six consecutive goals since moving to the U.S.
Messi, who reached the final, led the team to victory. Messi also dominated the MVP of the tournament and the top scorer of the tournament. Messi proved at the age of 36 why he is called the best player in football history. In the twilight years of his career, no player has made such an impact toward the marginal stage.
Messi, who added a trophy with his last League Cup victory, is more likely to win his eighth Ballon d’Or. He was also among the three finalists for the Player of the Year announced by UEFA. It will compete with Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Elling Holan, who made the treble last 2022/23 season.
However, he does not seem to have much thoughts. Messi was asked about winning the Ballon d’Or at a press conference ahead of the Riggs Cup final. Messi said, “It’s big to get a Ballon d’Or, but I didn’t attach importance to it. The most important thing for me was the team title 파워볼토토
“I’m not thinking about the Ballon d’Or,” he continued. I achieved the goals I set for myself during my career. I have another goal now,” he said.
Four days after the Riggs Cup, Messi once again led his team to the final stage. Inter Miami won 5-4 after a penalty shootout in the semifinals of the US Open Cup at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 24th (Korea Standard Time).
Miami reached the final.