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In the first match of the MLS season, Lionel Messi dribbles past players and over an injured defender

<p>The 2024 Major League Soccer (MLS) season opened on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with Lionel Messi as the main attraction.</p>
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<p>The 2023 Ballon d’Or winner, an Argentine sensation, assisted in one goal and set up another as Inter Miami beat Real Salt Lake 2-0.</p>
<p>But when Messi dinked a ball while dribbling past teammates and over a downed defender who seemed to be in agony from an injury, fans were eager to call out Messi’s incredible talent.</p>
<p>Regarding the match itself, Inter Miami controlled the first half and took the lead in the 39th minute when Robert Taylor found Messi, who burst past the defense and seemed to have had Zac MacMath stop his low effort before it bounced out of his arms and into the goal.</p>
<p>After the break, Salt Lake, who had been hesitant in the first half, came out firing and started to put more pressure on a Miami team that had played games in Asia and the Middle East during the off-season.</p>
<p>Goalkeeper Drake Callender made several crucial stops to help Miami weather the storm, and in the 83rd minute, Messi and former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez collaborated to put up Diego Gomez for a 2-0 victory that cemented the victory.</p>
<p>With a victory for Messi’s team, the 29th MLS season began with fireworks being fired off at the newly renamed Chase Stadium.</p>
<p>After his league debut, Luis Suarez commented, “I knew I was going to face tough competition (in MLS)” via an interpreter.</p>
<p>“And since Inter Miami was one of the favorites to win, we knew we would always be playing against the best team.”</p>
<p>Last season, Messi scored 11 goals in 14 games for Inter Miami, helping the side win its first-ever Leagues Cup victory. This came only a few months after he surprised a large portion of the soccer world by agreeing to a 2 1/2-year deal for about 150 million USD. In 2023, he made only six MLS appearances and scored one goal. When Messi joined Inter Miami last summer, the team was far out of the postseason picture. However, injuries sidelined him in the latter stages of the 2023 season, and Inter Miami missed the MLS playoffs.</p>
<p>Miami will now fly to Carson, California on Sunday to play the LA Galaxy, Beckham’s previous club.</p>