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Slow motion footage of Lionel Messi's first MLS goal goes viral, it looks like a movie

Slow motion footage of Lionel Messi's first MLS goal goes viral, it looks like a movie

Lionel Messi at his very best.

Slow motion footage of Lionel Messi's first MLS goal for Inter Miami has gone viral after his cameo display against New York Red Bulls.

Messi was named on the bench for the clash, much to the disappointment of the away faithful.

Inter Miami went in front without Messi on the field, with fellow new signing Dario Gomez opening his account for his new club on 37 minutes.

The score remained at 1-0 when manager Gerardo Martino turned to the bench on 60 minutes and brought on his star man.

And thus it was so - Messi making his Major League Soccer debut with the game evenly poised, and with time to make an impact. And an impact he certainly made.

On 89 minutes, he took the ball on the turn inside the penalty area, before finding team-mate Benjamin Cremaschi with an exquisite pass.

After receiving the ball back, Messi tapped in from close range to send the Inter Miami fans into delight.

Post-match, the Spanish MLS account posted footage of the goal in slow motion - and it looks incredible.

You can watch the clip below.

While watching Messi at full speed is incredible, the slow motion footage captures his exact movements leading up to the goal.

The 2-0 victory for Inter Miami takes them off the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table - and now means they are no longer statistically the worst team in MLS in 2023.

Messi, meanwhile, is now in third place on the list of all-time Inter Miami goalscorers with 11 goals, having pulled ahead of team-mate Josef Martinez.

His next target is former Wolves striker Leonardo Campana, who has 18 goals to his name. Gonzalo Higuain leads the way on 29.

Inter Miami's next fixture is on Thursday, when they host Nashville in Messi's first home MLS game. The Inter Miami faithful will be expecting him to be in from the start.

Featured Image Credit: Major League Soccer

Topics: Lionel Messi, Major League Soccer, Inter Miami