After a week in which Miami won the Leagues Cup and advanced to the US Open Cup final,
coach Gerard "Tata" Martino left Messi on the bench, but he came in at the hour mark.
After joining with former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets, the Argentine World Cup champion had minimal
participation but made his impact on his regular season debut with an 89th-minute goal.
Jordi Alba acrobatically dragged the ball into the area for Messi, who twisted and spun before slipping
a magnificent outside-of-foot pass to Benjamin Cremaschi, whose low first-time cross was touched in by the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Since joining Inter Miami, Messi has scored 11 goals in nine games across all competitions.
"He's incredible; every day is something new, on and off the field," said Noah Allen, a 19-year-old defender for Miami.
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