Lionel Messi showed off a brand new goal celebration against Charlotte as his dream start to life at Inter Miami continued on Friday night.
The 36-year-old, who inspired his new team to a place in the Leagues Cup quarter-finals with a virtuoso display against FC Dallas last Sunday, was on the scoresheet again as Inter Miami recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory at the DRV PNK Stadium in Florida.
Messi has scored in all five of his appearances for Inter Miami. In total, the legendary Argentine forward has netted eight goals in his first five matches for the Major League Soccer outfit, and registered one assist.
Inter Miami opened the scoring against Charlotte from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. Messi could have taken the spot-kick himself but generously allowed teammate Josef Martinez to open the scoring instead.
Robert Taylor, who has been so impressive since Messi’s arrival this summer, then doubled the hosts’ advantage midway through the first half.
An own goal from Charlotte defender Adilson Malanda put Inter Miami 3-0 up before Messi added gloss to the scoreline with a close-range finish late on.
Video: Messi's Inter Miami goal vs Charlotte
There’s just no stopping the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner right now. It’s patently clear that he’s loving life at Inter Miami, who now stand an excellent chance of winning the 2023 Leagues Cup.
After Messi scored, the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain superstar showed off a new goal celebration - and it’s subsequently gone viral on social media.
Video: Messi's goal celebration vs Charlotte
Leo Messi hit the Spider-Man celebration 🕸️🕷️ pic.twitter.com/v5DCs7FeuH— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 12, 2023