South Africa

Messi scores twice as Miami crush Atlanta

Lionel Messi 5 1
Lionel Messi reacts in the second half during the Leagues Cup 2023 match between Inter Miami CF and Atlanta United at DRV PNK Stadium on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images/AFP)

Lionel Messi‘s instant impact in the United States continued on Tuesday as he scored twice in Inter Miami’s 4-0 victory over Atlanta United, firing his team into the knockout rounds of the Leagues Cup.

The Argentine World Cup-winner was handed his first start for his new club after coming off the bench and grabbing a 94th-minute winner in Friday’s game against Mexican club Cruz Azul.