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Lionel Messi scored a dramatic goal in the 94th minute on his debut for new club Inter Miami.

The David Beckham-owned club beat Mexican side Cruz Azul by a minute in the League Cup.

Messi, considered by many to be one of the greatest players in the game, Just joined the club a week ago.two years after being followed by Beckham.

The World Cup winner came off the bench to captain a 21,000-capacity crowd in the second half of the game at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which included the likes of LeBron James and Serena Williams.

His goal came from a free kick in the dying seconds of the game from about 25 yards out, which went into the top left corner of the net.

After scoring his first goal, he ran to the corner of the pitch before rushing forward to hug his family.

Speaking after the game through a translator, Messi said: “I knew I had to score, it was the last play of the game and I had to score, so we didn’t go to penalties.

“This win was very important for us because it is a new tournament, and it will give us confidence going forward.”

“As soon as I saw the free-kick I thought it was going to end that way,” Beckham said.

“Tonight is very exciting for our fans. All these people who are here to see Leo just step on the pitch, just do what he’s done.

“It’s a dream for everyone in this stadium and in this country to see Leo step up and perform in MLS, and I don’t have enough words for him.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 21: Soccer great David Beckham looks on before the Leagues Cup game between Cruz Azul and Inter Miami CF on Friday July 21, 2023 at DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  (Photo by Peter Jonlett/Icon Sports)
David Beckham at Inter Miami Stadium. Photo: AP

It was last Sunday when Messi was unveiled as Inter Miami. Player by Beckham.

It is understood he will be paid in the region of $50ma a year while he is there.

Inter Miami is currently in last place in MLS as they struggle with an 11-game losing streak.

Messi previously played for FC Barcelona, ​​and led Argentina to the World Cup last December.

Source by [Sky News]



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