“Never Seen Anyone Consistently Take Advantage” – Lionel Messi’s Screamer in Inter Miami’s Leagues Cup Win Leaves USMNT Legend in Disbelief

Published 08/21/2023, 2:17 AM EDT

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Lionel Messi‘s arrival at Inter Miami has been nothing short of extraordinary. In just one month, the Argentine maestro has already made a significant impact on the team, and the MLS as a whole. His presence has elevated the level of play and intensified the excitement surrounding the league. It comes as no surprise, then, that Lionel Messi has left even the most revered legends of the game in awe.

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Miami’s triumph in the Leagues Cup marked the Argentine forward’s first taste of silverware with his new club. In seven appearances, all thanks to Messi’s brilliance, Inter Miami remained unbeaten and clinched the trophy in a nail-biting final against Nashville SC. And it was Messi’s breathtaking performance in the final that left former US Men’s National Team legend, Jimmy Conrad, dumbfounded.

Jimmy Conrad has ‘never seen anyone’ like Lionel Messi

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Building on his impressive goal-scoring streak of seven matches, the World Cup winner once again showcased his extraordinary abilities and found the back of the net with a stunning strike in the final. The goal not only added to his tally but also took his overall count to 10 goals in just seven matches for Miami.

The moment of sheer brilliance came in the 23rd minute when a blocked pass from teammate Robert Taylor fell into Messi’s path. With the ball at his feet, the 36-year-old exhibited his trademark agility and finesse. He effortlessly glided past Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman. From outside the box, he unleashed a perfectly executed bending shot that soared into the top left corner of the net, leaving both the goalkeeper and the opposing team helpless.

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Jimmy Conrad, renowned for his defensive prowess during his playing days, was quick to express his astonishment on social media. Taking to X, Conrad stated, “Never seen anyone consistently take advantage of creating an inch of space and then turning that space into goals and assists like Messi”.

He concluded his tweet by labeling Messi as the ‘GOAT’ (Greatest of All Time), with the help of an emoji. Conrad’s sentiment echoes the sentiment felt by sports fans across the globe. Messi’s ability to make the most out of the slightest opening and convert them into goals is a phenomenon that continues to amaze even the most seasoned veterans of the game. However, the stunning goal wasn’t enough to seal Inter Miami’s victory.

A final to remember between Inter Miami and Nashville SC

Lionel Messi managed to secure the lead in the 23rd minute. But Nashville was relentless in its attack, not giving Miami any breathing space. It was Fafà Picault’s goal in the 57th minute that caused Inter Miami’s defense to crumble. The game turned into a nail-biter, going into a penalty shootout. Both teams missed one penalty kick each during the regular round of penalties.

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The game then escalated into sudden death, with the goalkeepers taking center stage. Eventually, after an intense battle that lasted until the 11th round, Drake Callender scored his penalty for Inter Miami and made the save to secure a thrilling 10-9 victory on penalties. And that was how David Beckham‘s Inter Miami led by arguably the greatest player ever won their first-ever trophy. Truly a memorable match!

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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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