Fans have been echoing a unanimous sentiment about Lionel Messi’s second goal for Inter Miami against Atlanta United.
Messi’s incredible display in his first start for the Florida-based side led to a resounding 4-0 victory, with the football legend scoring twice and providing an assist.
His extraordinary skills were on full display, as he netted two goals within the first 22 minutes of the match, demonstrating why some consider him the greatest player of all time.
Additionally, he played a crucial role in setting up his teammate Robert Taylor’s goal in the second half.
This remarkable performance comes on the heels of his match-winning stoppage-time free-kick on his debut for Inter Miami last week.
Messi’s arrival in the MLS has already left an indelible mark, garnering admiration and praise from fans who are enthralled by his show-stopping abilities on the field.
On the Argentina star, Taylor said: “He can do everything on the ball. He can keep it in tight spaces, and he makes the right decision 100% of the time. Most of the time he’ll find one of his team-mates. He brings so much quality to the team, so much. I mean, he’s the best player in the world.
“This is what he does – he scores two goals, he scored last game, gets another assist. It’s a dream come true to play with him.”
Messi only trained with his teammates for the first time last week after moving to the MLS following the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
Yet he delivered a typically electric performance, with fans marvelling at his second goal in particular. Messi picked up the ball from Sergio Busquets in midfield, ran towards the edge of the box and laid a pass off to the onrushing Taylor, who was streaking down the left flank.
Taylor then cut the ball back into the box for his Argentinian colleague who latched onto the pass and struck a shot just inside the post.
This is more than Scripted bro Messi is Insane 🤯pic.twitter.com/0pYoBpAIoJ
— Christian.xo (@niiodartey_) July 26, 2023
Fans noticed the goal was almost exactly the same as another the World Cup winner scored for PSG against Lille, leading some to joke it had been “scripted”.
When making the comparison between the two goals on Twitter,one supporter said: “This is more than scripted bro Messi is insane.”
Another wrote: “‘Back to the Future’ is real.”
A third person said: “I understand why you haters think everything he does is scripted…”
A fourth wrote: “He does the same thing over and over again.”