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Lionel Messi was completely locked in against Orlando City and fans couldn't believe it

Lionel Messi was completely locked in against Orlando City and fans couldn't believe it

Lionel Messi starred as Inter Miami beat Orlando City.

Lionel Messi was completely locked in for Inter Miami as they beat Orlando City in a fiery local derby on Wednesday.

The two Florida-based teams met at the DRV PNK Stadium in the round of 32 of the Leagues Cup.

And Messi's side booked their spot in the next round of the competition following their 3-1 victory.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner bagged a brace, with Josef Martinez also getting on the score-sheet.

He now has five goals in three matches for his new side as he enjoys a prolific start to his career in America.

It wasn't just the goals that impressed fans online as the 36-year-old also showed his intensity and the passion he has for the game.

Messi was involved in several flashpoints during Inter Miami's fixture against Orlando City as he clashed with the opposition, including a bust-up in the tunnel.

He was also involved in an angry exchange with the game level at 1-1 and reacted furiously to a foul, waving an imaginary yellow card to the match referee.

What's more, the former Barcelona man unleashed another side to his character to the amazement of fans on social media.

With Inter Miami leading 3-1, Messi clashed with Brazilian Felipe Martins as they angrily exchanged words before Leonardo Campana intervened.

Messi's intensity and being dialed in for the derby match sent social media wild.

One Twitter user wrote: "Alba and Busquets wondering what the hell happened to him since he left Barcelona."

A second tweeted: "This is the version of Messi I hope to see more often!"

A third added: "That's what happens when he's given the leadership role."

A fourth said: "Many MLS players are from South American and y'all know how intense Copa America was."

Another commented: "Nah Inter Miami might just be bigger than PSG for Messi to show this much passion."

Featured Image Credit: via Twitter/Apple TV

Topics: Lionel Messi, Fan Reactions, Football, Inter Miami