Lionel Messi scored an absolute rocket of a free-kick in the 93rd minute of his debut for Inter Miami, securing a thrilling 2-1 victory against Cruz Azul.
You couldn’t write a better script for the Argentine as he made his debut for the MLS side, once again proving why he is still the GOAT of the game.
The World Cup winner stepped up after being fouled just outside the box, with the scores tied at 1-1 late in the game.
It was the perfect position for Messi, and as we have seen so many times before, the little magician stepped up and expertly slotted the ball into the top corner.
El primer gol de Messi con Inter Miami 🤯🤯👏👏
Messi scores in his first match with the club to give us the lead in the 94th minute. pic.twitter.com/pI7bYjEK63
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) July 22, 2023
The crowd erupted as Messi wheeled away with his new Miami teammates, and fireworks lit up the sky across the stadium.
The 36-year-old ran over and embraced his family in a spine-tingling moment, truly announcing his arrival in America.
Inter Miami part-owner and a free-kick master himself, David Beckham, could be seen in tears from the emotional moment on the sidelines.
David Beckham in tears after Messi’s goal! 🥺pic.twitter.com/WMD3QHggv1
— Leo Messi 🔟 Fan Club (@WeAreMessi) July 22, 2023
The free-kick secured Miami’s 2-1 victory in the League Cup against Cruz Azul.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner started on the bench for his new side, entering the pitch in the 53rd minute.
The reaction from the 20,000+ fans inside the DRV PNK Stadium was absolutely thunderous as he made his way onto the field.
He was joined by former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets as Miami made a triple substitution, with Josef Martinez also coming on.
Chants of ‘Messi, Messi, Messi’ could be heard across the stadium as those in attendance finally got to witness the moment they had all been eagerly waiting for.
The American commentator stated: “We are officially in the Lionel Messi era.”
The World Cup winner was immediately handed the captain’s armband and the Argentine was off to the races.