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Lionel Messi scores a brace on first start for Inter Miami

Lionel Messi made a spectacular debut for Inter Miami last week as he scored an injury-time goal to lead his side to a 2-1 victory

The Argentine made the difference for the Herons after being introduced in the second half, with the thrilling win ending their six-match winless run. 

However, Messi was even more impressive in his first start as he scored two goals and assisted another to help Inter thrash Atlanta 4-0 on Tuesday. 

The 36-year-old put his side ahead within the first eight minutes, firing home the rebound after initially hitting the post. 

Miami’s second goal also came off the foot of the World Cup winner, who slotted home from close range after being set up by Robert Taylor. 

Robert got on the scoresheet in the 44th minute before he added another in the second half, with Messi the provider. 

Atlanta had a great opportunity to score a consolation goal late in the game. However, Thiago Almada missed his spot-kick, with Drake Callender reading it perfectly to preserve the clean sheet. 

Inter Miami have endured a woeful 2023 campaign in Major League Soccer, winning just five of their 22 matches to slump to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. 

But they have received a massive boost with the arrival of Messi and his former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets. 

The pair are expected to shine in the upcoming matches for Inter as they aim to make a comeback in the second half of the season. 

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