Lionel Messi Dazzles With MLS-Record Five Assists in Inter Miami's Blowout Win

May 4, 2024; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi (10) celebrates.
May 4, 2024; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi (10) celebrates. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi's greatness can be taken for granted worldwide, given that many soccer fans do not remember the sport without him.

Sometimes, though, it's nice to get a reminder of just how special he is—and has been since he burst on to the scene in the mid-2000s.

On Saturday, Messi provided just such a reminder to all in attendance at Inter Miami's 6–2 victory over the New York Red Bulls. He assisted on five goals—the most by any player in one game in Major League Soccer's 29-year history.

Not content to stop there, Messi added a goal in the 50th minute; his six goal contributions in one game are also an MLS record.

Messi's contributions were such that striker Luis Suárez, his teammate, flew under the radar despite netting a hat trick in 14 minutes.

Inter Miami currently sits in first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, three points ahead of second-place FC Cincinnati.


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