Lionel Messi has achieved the highest level of success in football, becoming the most accomplished player in history. Winning his first trophy in America, it is evident that this will not be the last time he lifts a trophy with Inter Miami.
In the history of American sports, no other import has generated as much excitement as the 36-year-old Messi. While Major League Soccer has had several renowned signings in the past, they have failed to meet expectations, unlike Messi who effortlessly dominates the opposition.
David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, both experienced the challenges of playing football in a new continent, expressed cautious views on Messi’s immediate impact.
Rooney, the manager of DC United, stated that Messi will face difficulties in adapting to the league due to factors such as travel, varying conditions in different cities, and the high level of energy and intensity on the field.
Beckham, the joint-owner of Inter Miami, acknowledged the struggles his own team has faced, sitting at the bottom of the conference with a string of unsuccessful matches before Messi’s arrival.
Despite Messi’s talent and reputation, Beckham believes that both Messi and Sergio Busquets will need time to adjust. While there is a possibility of surprising success, Beckham emphasizes the importance of patience in their adaptation process.
Lionel Messi at Inter Miami
Messi made a memorable first appearance for Inter Miami, scoring a game-winning free-kick against Cruz Azul in injury time. Since then, he has continued his impressive form, scoring in every game of the League Cup and ultimately leading his team to victory in the competition.
In the final, Messi scored his 10th goal in seven games, opening the scoring with a fantastic strike from outside the box. Despite Nashville SC pushing the game to extra time and penalties, Messi remained a key player and scored Miami’s first penalty kick.
This victory marked the 44th trophy of Messi’s career, making him the most decorated footballer in history. He was also awarded the top scorer and best player of the tournament. Unlike other notable players who have joined MLS, Messi has already achieved success with Inter Miami.
The last time US soccer witnessed such greatness was with Pele at the New York Cosmos in the 1970s. With his exceptional performance, Messi is a strong contender for an eighth Ballon d’Or, which would make him the first player playing outside of Europe to win the prestigious award. While Messi values collective trophies more, he still has a legitimate claim as the world’s best footballer, and Inter Miami is fortunate to have him.