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Inter Miami Suffer First Defeat Since Messi’s Arrival

Major League Soccer club, Inter Miami have suffered a defeat for the first time since Lionel Messi arrived, losing 5-2 at Atlanta United on Saturday.

Messi himself did not feature in the game as he was left out of the matchday squad.

Tristan Muyumba, Brooks Lennon and a Kamal Miller own goal gave the hosts a comfortable lead in the first half.

Georgios Giakoumakis and Tyler Wolff each scored in the second as Atlanta sealed victory. They now sit sixth in the MLS Eastern Conference after the victory.

Leonardo Campana scored twice for Miami, who saw their 12-game unbeaten streak across all competitions come to an end.

Miami manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino explained that Messi and Jordi Alba missed the game due to “muscular fatigue.”

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Leagues Cup Final: Wright-Phillips, Pardo, Carr Predict Inter Miami vs Nashville Clash

Calen Carr, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Pavel Pardo, the former Major League Soccer stars, have made predictions for the Leagues Cup final between Nashville SC and Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami.

 

Inter Miami will take MLS rivals, Nashville in the Leagues Cup final at Geodis Park on Saturday.

The Herons have won their last six games on the road to the final and will be determined to keep the winning streak intact.

However, Carr has predicted that Inter Miami will beat Nashville 3-1.

Calen Carr told MLSsoccer, “It is Messi in a final – not sure I need a stat to support that. 3-1 Miami,” he said.

On his part, Wright-Phillips added, “This will be Messi’s toughest test since arriving in MLS, but Miami will win 3-2 in an incredible final.”

Similarly, Pardo said: “We are talking about Lionel Messi in the final. He gets two for Inter Miami, who add a third from Josef Martínez for the club’s first-ever trophy. 3-2 Miami.”

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What I Do With Opponents’ Shirts After Swapping – Messi

Lionel Messi, the Inter Miami captain, has talked about what he normally does with an opponent’s swap shirt after collecting it on the pitch.

 

Messi’s jersey is arguably the most sought-after in the world.

Opponent players often try to swap shirts with Messi after games.

When asked if he decides which players he swaps jerseys with after games and what he does with the shirts after collecting it, Messi told Miami Herald ahead of Inter Miami’s Leagues Cup final with Nashville SC on Sunday, “I simply exchange with whoever happens to be there at that moment.

“I have had a chance to play against teams that had Argentine players and generally we swap shirts, but I also exchanged shirts with players in Europe, players who I knew from before, it’s always nice to change shirts with friends or players I know.

“I have them all saved in my house in Barcelona where I have all the important mementos of my career.”

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According to reports, Lionel Messi is about to leave PSG.

Lionel Messi, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, is expected to depart the Ligue 1 team and join Inter Miami.

David Beckham, the club’s co-owner, revealed in an interview that he had begun negotiations with the Argentine. Messi is nearing the end of his PSG deal, which runs through June 2023.

On its official website, The Athletic acknowledged that negotiations between Messi’s camp and Inter Miami had begun in secret. Jorge and Jose Mas, the brothers who co-own Inter Miami, reportedly met with Messi’s father Jorge several times to discuss a prospective transfer.

PSG, though, is optimistic that Messi will sign a new contract after the current one expires.