“Messi obsession” Sweep New York on Saturday, as Lionel Messi made his MLS regular season debut with Inter Miami away to the New York Red Bulls.
However, the fans who attended the match had to wait until the 60th minute for the Argentine superstar to come on as a substitute while his team was already leading 1-0.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner greeted the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey as he entered the pitch, and in the 89th minute, they got what they wanted – a goal for Messi. .
Surrounded by four defenders, Messi controlled the ball in the penalty area, passing it to Benjamin Cremachi who simply passed it back to Messi.
With the goalkeeper out of position, Messi fired the ball into the net from close range, scoring his first official MLS goal and sealing a 2-0 win for Inter Miami.
Ticket seller VividSeats told CNN before the game that this weekend’s game averaged $483. That’s above the usual $46 cost for a ticket to see an MLS team.
Even fans who weren’t in the stadium to witness Messi’s “magic” in person were able to get a little taste of it. A large crowd gathered in Times Square to watch the match on giant screens, and cheered when Messi scored.
“Where dreams are made” David Beckham, co-owner of Inter Miami he said on Instagram Then, along with pictures of Messi and the rest of the team and fans wearing Messi shirts. “Thank you NYC. Great win on the road.”
With this victory, Inter Miami moved from the bottom of the Eastern Division to 14th placey Place, Toronto FC jumped.
Messi and Inter Miami are next scheduled to play on Wednesday against Nashville at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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