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LA Galaxy Star ‘Blacked Out’ During Heated Lionel Messi Confrontation in Record-Breaking MLS Opener

Published 02/26/2024, 1:23 AM EST

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Inter Miami were held to a draw against LA Galaxy. In fact, it was expected that the Los Angeles side would walk away with all the 3 points. However, captain Lionel Messi rose to the occasion and scored the equalizer in the 92nd minute. Just like in the previous game against Real Salt Lake, the Argentine maestro was once again pulling the strings for the Herons. However, despite having a great game, Messi was also involved in a heated exchange with a rival player.

American defensive midfielder Edwin Cerillo had a great performance on the night. However, what made the news was his encounter with Lionel Messi in the 35th minute. The duo were seen sharing a series of words and it looked like Cerillo got under Messi’s skin. And now the defensive midfielder has opened up regarding the same.

Cerillo said,”I’m not one to back down, I kind of blacked out in the moment … that was a special moment for me, not for him.” It seems Cerillo really enjoyed the moment against the 8-time Ballon d’Or winner. Despite his immense performance, Lionel Messi had the last laugh as the Inter Miami captain ensured his team did not suffer a loss.

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Moreover, with an attendance of 27,642, this is the largest regular-season turnout at the Dignity Health Sports Park. And the fans, got what they came for as Messi was at his brilliant best. However, one player who was not at his best was Luis Suarez and fans were not happy at all with the Uruguayan.

Despite Lionel Messi’s magic, Inter Miami have a big ‘Luis Suarez’ concern

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It can be said that Lionel Messi gave his mate Luis Suarez a lifeline. The Uruguayan had a torrid night and was replaced in the 66th minute. The performance was a huge contrast from his MLS debut where El Pistolero proved a constant threat and even assisted a goal. For fans, what’s concerning is not Suarez’s performance, but his lack of fitness. This was the talk on social media, with some even saying that the Inter Miami man ‘can’t move’.

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Coach Tata Martino also wasn’t impressed by the display and hinted at potentially benching the star signing. Fortunately, for Suarez, Messi came up clutch and rescued him from further criticism. Inter Miami next face Orlando City on March 3rd, a match that could make or break El Pistolero’s Inter Miami career. Can he prove the doubters wrong once again? Let us know in the comments below.

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Adithya Narayanan

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Adithya is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. A Liverpool fanboy, he takes pride in being alive to witness Jurgen Klopp taking the Reds to domestic and European glory. Adithya loves an in-depth soccer chat involving tactical intricacies and stats.
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Jayant Chhabra