Soccer Fan Brings an Actual Goat to Inter Miami Presentation After Lionel Messi Was Immortalized in 20,000,000-Year-Old Fossil

Published 07/17/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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Soccer icon Lionel Messi has taken center stage in American soccer circles ever since he chose the MLS side Inter Miami as his next destination. Days back, the Argentine superstar landed in Miami and has been making headlines since then. On Sunday, the much-awaited moment unfolded in style, as Inter Miami unveiled Leo Messi in a grand presentation. During the iconic event, a Messi fan decided to take things to the next level.

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Over the years, Leo Messi has been having an uncanny connection with the animal kingdom. There is a fossil, and a lizard named after Messi. Now, the animal that is synonymous with Lionel Messi has accompanied a fan to witness Inter Miami’s presentation of La Pulga.

Soccer fan takes Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami presentation to the next level

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Ever since the last half of the previous decade, soccer fans and pundits started to hail Lionel Messi as the ‘greatest of all time.’ Although players like Cristiano Ronaldo too are in the epicenter of many GOAT debates and conversations, the word ‘goat’ has over the years become synonymous with Messi. Apparently, soccer fans grew habitual of using goat emojis to refer to Messi. Besides, the 2022 World Cup winner himself has posed for pictures with an actual goat. Furthermore, soccer fan pages have showcased dime a dozen illustrations featuring Messi and a goat.

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Fans usually showcase their creativity by bringing LM10 and a goat together whenever the former claims a milestone. Sure enough, some fan out there has hit the web with such illustrations to honor Messi’s Inter Miami move. But someone at Miami got way too creative in a bizarre fashion. A Messi fan took a real goat with them to watch Leo’s Inter Miami presentation. It has a lengthy goatee and long curvy horns, similar to the ones you see in those emojis and illustrations.

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The goat stole the show during the soccer GOAT’s presentation and people and the media gathered around the animal to get its pictures. This indeed was a unique and fitting way to honor and welcome Leo Messi to Miami. Anyhow, Leo is no stranger to the animal world as a prehistoric fossil was named after the Argentine, last month.

Scientists immortalized Lionel Messi in a prehistoric fossil

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Last month, experts at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, based at the Patagonian Institute of Geology and Palaeontology in Puerto Madryn, Argentina discovered a 20 million year old fossil. They confirmed it was a brachiopod, a type of mollusc and claimed it inhabited the Province of Chubut. The fossil has since been dubbed as Discinisca Messii. 

One of the scientists who had then spoken to the media revealed that the work to discover the fossil was carried out during Argentina’s World Cup win in 2022. Therefore, no member of the study group had second thoughts on naming the fossil after Leo Messi. Besides, a recently discovered lizard, Liolaemus Messii, also bears the left-footed legend’s name.

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What are your thoughts on Messi’s uncanny tryst with the ‘animalia?’ Have you watched Messi’s presentation in Miami? Tell us in comments below.

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Krishna Prasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds professional qualifications in English and Journalism from reputed institutions. As a trained reporter, Krishna's intense passion for sports writing prompted him to become an NBA journalist.
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