Inter Miami Coach Martino Confirms Lionel Messi Will Play In US Open Cup Semi-Remaining

Inter Miami supervisor Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has revealed that Lionel Messi will take to the sphere within the Herons’ US Open Cup semi-final conflict towards FC Cincinnati on Wednesday (August 23).

Lionel Messi has been firing on all cylinders since becoming a member of Inter Miami as a free agent on July 15. Over the past 5 weeks, the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner has appeared in seven matches, scoring a staggering 10 occasions and claiming an help. His exploits propelled Miami to their first silverware on Saturday (August 19), with them beating Nashville SC within the Leagues Cup remaining.

Martino confirms Lionel Messi’s involvement in upcoming Inter Miami recreation

It was feared that Martino might relaxation the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner within the US Open Cup semi-final towards Cincinnati, having deployed him consecutively within the final seven matches. The Argentine tactician, nonetheless, has alleviated such considerations, stating that Messi will proceed to play for so long as attainable.

Chatting with the press on Monday, the previous Barcelona supervisor stated (by way of The Every day Mail):

“We stated that sooner or later he must relaxation due to the load of minutes performed.

“Clearly, Wednesday shouldn’t be going to be that day. If he doesn’t inform me he desires to relaxation, he’ll proceed to play.”

Martino additionally talked about Miami’s surprising run to the Leagues Cup trophy, admitting that he didn’t anticipate his workforce to come back out on prime within the event.

He added:

“We didn’t suppose we might be so aggressive at this event as a result of our workforce was nonetheless below development.”

“However, properly, we ended up competing and successful and that has made us very joyful and optimistic for what’s to come back.”

Messi shifting quickly up Miami’s all-time prime scorers’ checklist

Though it might appear absurd, Messi has certainly turn into the third-leading scorer in Inter Miami’s historical past. Having performed simply seven video games, Messi has scored 10 occasions, surpassing Robert Taylor because the membership’s third-leading scorer. The previous Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star now requires solely seven objectives to overhaul Miami’s second-leading scorer of all time, Leonardo Campana (16 objectives in 52 video games).

As soon as he strikes previous Campana, he could have a transparent shot at his compatriot and the membership’s report goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 29 occasions in 70 matches for Miami. Contemplating Messi manages to stay match and continues firing on all cylinders, it will not be stunning to see him surpass Higuain’s report by the tip of the present marketing campaign.