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Messi scores on MLS debut to Inter Miami secure 2-0 victory over NY Red Bulls

Lionel Messi continues to create headlines in the United States since moving to Inter Miami last month after the expiration of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain. 

The Argentine has been consistently scoring goals to completely transform Miami’s fortunes.

After leading them to Leagues Cup success, the World Cup winner helped his side reach the final of the US Open Cup. 

And on Saturday, he marked his Major League Soccer debut with a superb late goal, guiding the Herons to their first league win since May. 

Manager Gerardo Martino placed Messi on the bench for the MLS game, deciding he needed some rest after starting in all their previous seven matches. 

Despite the star forward’s absence, the visitors took the lead through Diego Gomez’s 37th-minute strike. 

The Argentine was introduced on the hour mark and he made the difference again for Miami.

The 36-year-old found Benjamin Cremaschi with a brilliant pass before running ahead of the Red Bulls’ players to receive the ball and tap home from close range. 

Messi has posted incredible numbers since joining the MLS club, registering 11 goals and three assists in nine appearances across all competitions. 

Miami were on a six-game winless run before the Argentina international’s arrival but they are now enjoying a superb streak of success. 

The Herons have won all nine matches in which Messi has featured. 

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