Lionel Messi’s ninth goal in his sixth game for Inter Miami drove the team to the League Cup final with a 4-1 victory against Philadelphia Union on Tuesday. This victory puts the club on the verge of winning its first trophy after four seasons of participation. Messi’s play for Inter Miami has been nothing short of spectacular. This outstanding achievement has elevated him to the top of the Leagues Cup scoring record and cemented his role as a game-changing force on the field.
Lionel Messi’s 9-goal streak sends Inter Miami to Leagues Cup final
Surprisingly, Messi has risen to third place on Inter Miami’s all-time scoring record in just a few weeks. Messi’s quick ascension has engraved his name into the team’s history books, with a tiny 20-goal deficit behind fellow countryman Gonzalo Higuain, the club’s top scorer. Messi demonstrated his skill against the Philadelphia Union in the 20th minute by firing a devastating low rocket from more than 30 yards away.
The ball skillfully avoided Union goalie Andre Blake’s outstretched fingers, ricocheting off the right post and into the net. Also, Inter Miami’s dominance continued in the first half, as Spanish veteran Jordi Alba added a third goal in stoppage time to solidify the team’s overwhelming lead. Although Alejandro Bedoya pulled one back for Philadelphia with 17 minutes remaining, all dreams of a Union comeback were quickly shattered as David Ruiz clinched Miami’s triumph in the 84th minute.
Nashville SC’s victory against Monterrey in the other Leagues Cup quarterfinal set up a final against Inter Miami. The ultimate prize battle is set for August 19 in Nashville, Tennessee, with the two teams competing for supremacy. Thus, this year’s divisions Cup, which connects MLS with Mexico’s Liga MX, has taken on a new dimension by incorporating all teams from both divisions. So, Lionel Messi’s extraordinary impact on Inter Miami’s spectacular climb continues to captivate the football world as the final confrontation approaches.