Lionel Messi, the FIFA World Cup champion from Argentina, continued his goal-scoring streak in the United States by assisting his Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union to advance to the Leagues Cup final.
With this win on Tuesday, Messi has made it nine goals in six matches for Inter Miami. He has scored in every match he has played for the club and is yet to lose a single match with his team.
In the 20th minute, Messi fired a long-range effort from 30 yards out and effortlessly netted the ball past three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake.
MLS also shared a footage of the goal by Messi, the biggest star in the US club football ever since his signing.
“What can’t he do?! Make it NINE goals in six games for Leo Messi,” tweeted MLS.
Besides Messi, Josef Martinez scored for IM, giving them the lead in the third minute before Messi’s 20th-minute goal doubled the lead.
Jordi Alba, Messi’s FC Barcelona teammate also scored one before the half-time whistle.
But Philadelphia remained in the game thanks to Alejandro Bedoya’s goal in the 73rd minute. The winning goal for Inter Miami came from David Ruiz in the 84th minute. With this victory, Messi’s team will play Nashville SC in the championship game on August 19. Despite Bongokuhle Hlongwane of Minnesota United FC occupying the second spot with seven goals, Messi has widened his advantage at the top of the scoring charts. Since his sensational transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Inter Miami was finalized in July, Argentina’s Lionel Messi has made his presence known in American football.