Days after Inter Miami’s Leagues Cup triumph, Hollywood star declares Lionel Messi’s impact on US soccer surpasses Pele

As soon as it was announced that Lionel Messi would be joining Inter Miami in the MLS in June, all attention shifted to the David Beckham-owned franchise, with many believing the club were signing a player that would take them out of their misery in the MLS.

Before Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami, the club had only won 5 of their last 22 games. With Lionel Messi leading the charge now, Inter Miami have majestically won a trophy and two of the three MLS games he’s played in, reviving their playoff hopes. Now the entire sporting world is singing praises of the Argentine maestro, including one beloved Hollywood personality, Owen Wilson.

Owen Wilson thinks Messi’s arrival in Miami trumps Pele’s Cosmos era

Owen Wilson was one of the Hollywood celebrities in attendance to watch Lionel Messi play against LAFC. The actor quickly pointed out how impactful Lionel Messi’s arrival at the MLS has been, comparing it to Pele’s impact on US soccer when he joined the Cosmos in New York in 1975.

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“I remember as a kid, it was such a huge deal when Pele played for the Cosmos, and it feels like that again with Messi except maybe even bigger,” said Wilson after Messi provided two assists to help Inter Miami beat LAFC 3-1 on Sunday night. “I think it’s already doing it for the MLS. I had a friend in Dallas, them going to the games. Just all over the country – even my mother is now really into it,” the actor declared.

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The Hollywood actor has huge respect for Lionel Messi, and the Argentine star took a moment to have a quick chat with him after the game. It wasn’t the first time American celebrities would go to games to see Lionel Messi. The World Cup winner has drawn the attention of some of the biggest names in the country, including LeBron James, Prince Harry, Diddy, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Kim Kardashian, DJ Khaled, and many more.

Lionel Messi scored a screamer in Leagues Cup final win

Messi brought his goalscoring boot to the MLS, and he displayed why many regard him as the greatest soccer player of all time, as he delivered Inter Miami the first trophy in their history. Messi’s form in the Leagues Cup was incredible. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored ten goals in the competition, including a screamer in the final against Nashville.

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The Argentine received a pass from the edge of the penalty box and unleashed a trademark shot that flew past the goalkeeper. His goal helped Inter Miami level the scoreline as they went on to win 10-9 on penalties.

Will Messi’s goalscoring form continue after the international break? Well, the magic man never fails to deliver.


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