Lionel Messi scored a dramatic objective within the 94th minute on his debut at new membership Inter Miami.
The David Beckham-owned membership beat Mexican workforce Cruz Azul with a minute to spare within the Leagues Cup.
Messi, regarded by many as one of many sport’s best gamers, only joined the club a week ago, after two years of pursuance by Beckham.
The World Cup winner got here off the bench as captain within the second half of the sport on the DRV PNK stadium in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale to a capability crowd of 21,000, which featured the likes of LeBron James and Serena Williams.
His objective got here from a free kick within the sport’s dying seconds from round 25 yards out, which sailed into the highest left nook of the web.
After bagging his debut objective, he bumped into the nook of the pitch earlier than heading over to hug his household.
Talking after the sport via a translator, Messi mentioned: “I knew I needed to rating, it was the final play of the sport and I needed to rating, so we did not go to penalties.
“It was crucial for us to get this win as a result of it is a new match, and it will give us confidence transferring ahead.”
“As quickly as I noticed the free kick given I believed that is the way in which it is meant to finish,” Beckham mentioned.
“It is so thrilling tonight for our followers. All of those those who have come down right here to see Leo simply step on the pitch, not to mention simply do what he is completed.
“It is a dream come true for everyone on this stadium and all people round this nation to see Leo step into the MLS and carry out, and I haven’t got many phrases for that.”
It was final Sunday when Messi was unveiled as an Inter Miami participant by Beckham.
It’s understood he will probably be paid within the area of $50m a yr whereas he is there.
Inter Miami is at the moment in final place in MLS as they grapple with an 11-game shedding streak.
Messi beforehand performed for FC Barcelona, and led Argentina to the World Cup this previous December.