Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Star Leaves Fans Worried With 'Frustrated' Face After Injury, Video

Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Star Leaves Fans Worried With 'Frustrated' Face After Injury, Video

Elijah Odetokun
September 21, 2023 at 11:01 AM
  • Lionel Messi limped off injured in the first half of Inter Miami's emphatic win vs. Toronto FC
  • He sat out his last two games for club and country but lasted only 37 minutes on his return
  • A video of the Argentina captain on the bench after his substitution is getting fans worried

Lionel Messi limped off in Inter Miami's 4-0 win over Toronto FC and a video has emerged of him which has left fans worried he could be in serious discomfort.

He had not played since helping Argentina beat Ecuador with a free kick in the 2026 World Cup qualifier game, sitting out the world champions' 3-0 win over Bolivia and Inter Miami's 5-2 loss to Atlanta United.

Lionel Messi, Tata Martino, Toronto, Inter Miami.
Tata Martino tries to embrace Lionel Messi after he was substituted due to injury. Photo by Carmen Mandato.
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Messi returned to the starting line-up for the home game against Toronto but lasted only 37 minutes before he was withdrawn due to injury, minutes after Jordi Alba also limped off.

His replacement, Robert Taylor, inspired the team to victory with two goals and an assist, including one with his right foot, similar to the Argentine's preferred side, as noted by Goal.

Messi leaves fans worried

Messi headed straight for the bench after he was substituted before walking down the tunnel minutes later, a routine check for players who leave the field with injuries.

As seen in a video shared on X (formerly Twitter) by Messi World, the 36-year-old appeared tired and frustrated; he took a deep sigh and tilted his head backwards as if he was in discomfort.

The footage has left fans on social media worried and they are hoping everything is alright with him, with Miami having the US Open Cup final in six days against Houston Dynamo.

Messi will not play a part in the trip to Orlando at the weekend as the club reportedly wants to have him in peak condition for the final.

Martino explains Messi's injury

Sports Brief previously reported on Tata Martino explaining Messi's injury against Toronto and downplaying fears the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner suffered a muscle injury.

The veteran was spotted holding his hamstring in the warm-ups but the coach claimed it was a scar from a previous injury - the same that kept him out of action against Bolivia.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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