Lionel Messi has some advice for Inter Miami’s youth players.
“Messi told the club’s youth players, ‘The more you walk, the better you see the game,’” Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham told the Stick to Football podcast on Thursday.
Messi, who has won every major trophy since winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, left Europe to play out the final years of his career. His destination was Inter Miami of the Major League Soccer (MLS). Upon arriving in the United States, Messi immediately made an impact and shook up American soccer.
Making his debut in the League Cup against Cruz Azul, Messi scored his first goal with a spectacularly trajectory free kick just before the end of regulation, followed by two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Atlanta. Messi’s performance helped Inter Miami finish first in their group and advance to the tournament.
Messi’s performance in the tournament was equally impressive. He scored multiple goals against Orlando City, multiple goals against Dallas, one goal against Charlotte, one goal against Philadelphia, and eventually scored in the final against Nashville to win the title in penalty kicks. In seven League Cup games since joining the club, Messi has scored 10 goals and provided one assist.
After that, Messi’s streak of attacking points seemed unstoppable. After picking up two assists against Cincinnati in the US Open Cup, Messi continued his scoring streak in the resumption of league play. The very next game, against Nashville, he failed to register an offensive point for the first time in 10 games since joining the club. Even though he didn’t score an attacking point in that game, he was the spearhead of the team’s offense with a top rating.
Messi’s attacking instincts kicked in immediately. He followed that up with two assists against LAFC in the 28th round of the league. Prior to his call-up, Messi was dominating the MLS with 11 goals and five assists in 11 games in an Inter Miami jersey.온라인바카라
But a sudden injury sidelined him for about two weeks. Without Messi, Miami hasn’t won in three league games. They also lost 1-2 in the US Open Cup final against the Houston Dynamo, missing out on the title. Virtually every aspect of the team’s performance is dependent on Messi.
And it’s not just the first-team players who have benefited from Messi’s influence, but the youth players as well. “Having him here has changed everything, it’s amazing that he’s teaching the kids in the academy,” Beckham said.
“I already knew that when you bring someone like him to a club, it changes the club, it changes the league, it changes the sport. But it’s so much more than that,” he said of Messi.