Lionel Messi Faces Scoring Drought in Inter Miami’s Draw Against Nashville Even Lionel Messi can display his human side, as evident in recent events.
In a first since his entry into Inter Miami, the renowned soccer superstar failed to notch a goal or an assist during the team’s goalless draw against Nashville SC. This match also marks the initial instance in nine games since Messi joined Miami that the team didn’t clinch a victory.
Nonetheless, it’s worth highlighting that Messi still exhibited flashes of brilliance, delivering visionary passes and attempting a last-minute shot that was thwarted after he outmaneuvered several Nashville defenders.
His presence on the field garnered attention from sporting legends present to witness his performance (and capture it on camera):
Despite Miami’s commanding possession (69.1 percent), a higher number of shots taken (13-7, 4-2 on target), and an advantage in corner kicks (4-3), the outcome on Wednesday might feel like a missed opportunity for the team.
As the MLS season enters its final stretch, both Messi and Inter Miami need to be in top form to secure a spot in the playoffs. Currently positioned with 22 points, the team holds the second-lowest standing in the Eastern Conference. The challenge ahead is to overcome a 10-point gap in 10 matches, surpassing Chicago Fire FC to claim the final playoff position.
Miami does enjoy the advantage of having two matches in hand, which could prove pivotal. Furthermore, they can rely on Messi, often hailed as one of the greatest players in history, to make significant contributions.
However, for the second consecutive time, Miami fell short of victory against Nashville FC in regular play. Notably, their previous success over Nashville in the Leagues Cup final was achieved through free kicks.
While Messi’s presence undeniably lifts Inter Miami’s performance to new heights, this particular Wednesday saw Nashville successfully contain both Messi and his teammates.