Lionel Messi continued his impressive start to his American adventure with Inter Miami, the team owned by David Beckham, as they secured a convincing 4-0 victory over Atlanta United. The Argentine World Cup winner was in fine form, scoring two goals in the match.
In his first start for the club, Messi ensured it was a memorable occasion by finding the back of the net twice early in the first half. The opening goal came when his former Barcelona teammate, Sergio Busquets, lofted a ball over the defenders, and Messi capitalized on the rebound after his initial shot hit the post, sending the home fans into jubilation just eight minutes into the game.
Not long after, in the 22nd minute, Messi struck again. He set up Robert Taylor on the left flank, then made a run to support his teammate. Taylor returned the favor by delivering the ball back into the middle, allowing Messi to calmly guide it over the line and double his team’s lead.
Taylor also got on the scoresheet late in the first half, scoring in the 44th minute to give Miami a commanding three-goal advantage. He completed his brace with another goal in the 53rd minute, making the result beyond any doubt.
Although Inter Miami was reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when Christopher McVey was sent off, they held on to secure the victory and kept a clean sheet. Messi’s dazzling performance played a significant role in their comprehensive triumph over Atlanta United.