After Lionel Messi’s 34.7 Yard Screamer, Ex-MLS Star Takes a Dig at Wayne Rooney’s Early Dismissal of Inter Miami Superstar

Published 08/18/2023, 3:45 AM EDT

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Earlier today, Lionel Messi & Co registered yet another win in the Leagues Cup to advance to the finals. The Herons defeated Philadelphia Union 4-1 in what was a completely dominating performance. The star of the match was obviously Lionel Messi who hasn’t stopped scoring ever since he set foot in America. Clearly, Messi is finding this league too easy which is contrary to what many including Wayne Rooney predicted. Ex-MLS icon Herculez Gomez hence had a field day today poking fun at all those who doubted Messi’s pedigree for MLS.

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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored a 34.7-yard screamer making him the third-highest goal scorer in Inter Miami’s history.

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Exactly a month ago, current DC United coach and ex-MLS player Wayne Rooney gave an interview to The Times in London. In the interview, the Manchester United legend was quipped about Messi’s prospects in MLS. Surprisingly, Rooney warned La Pulga that he will find it very difficult to adapt since this is a ‘tough league’.

“He won’t find it easy here. It sounds mad, but players who come in find it’s a tough league”, as compiled by ESPN. “The traveling, the different conditions in different cities, and there’s a lot of energy and intensity on the pitch,” cited the United icon as to why he thought Messi may fail.

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Incredibly, exactly a month later, La Flea has scored 9 goals already for Inter Miami. He has performed jaw-droppingly well which is contrary to Rooney’s prediction. Hence Herculez Gomez took this opportunity to roast Rooney by reposting his prediction and captioning it with laughing emojis.

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As petty as it may look, it is also quality banter because you simply cannot bet against Messi in terms of skills!

Lionel Messi has already scored 9 goals in 6 matches for Inter Miami

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It’s nearly been a month since Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami on a free transfer. Truth be told, it’s after a long time that we are seeing Messi this happy and joyful playing for a club. La Pulga’s stint with PSG was seemingly dreadful overall with numerous embarrassing Champions League exits. However, things are different in Miami.

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He seems to be enjoying himself thanks to the support that the American audience has showered on him. When you combine his skill set with emotional satisfaction, it’s no wonder that he has been scoring the way he has. Herculez Gomez best summed this up with a tweet that is relatable to every soccer fan right now. “NINE GOALS FOR MESSI. Come on. He’s on a completely different level than everyone else in this competition.”

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Messi is just one step away from leading Miami to their maiden Leagues Cup trophy. Will he manage to do that successfully? Let us know your predictions below!

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Suresh Menon is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports with over 400 articles to his name. Being an ace defender back in his school days, Suresh grew up admiring the famed ‘BBC’ of Juventus which is why the Italian club is his favorite. His love for soccer from an early age combined with his flair for communication is the reason why he decided to pursue sports journalism at ES.
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