Lionel Messi: Ghanaian Defender Lalas Abubakar Shares Moment With Inter Miami Star During MLS Clash

Lionel Messi: Ghanaian Defender Lalas Abubakar Shares Moment With Inter Miami Star During MLS Clash

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 8, 2024 at 10:25 PM
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  • Ghana defender Lalas Abubakar has finally met Inter Miami star Lionel Messi
  • The ex-Ghana U20 player and his Colorado Rapids held Inter Miami in the MLS
  • Abubakar has obtained a US citizenship and can is now eligible to play for USA

Former Ghana U20 defender, Lalas Abubakar, shared a heartwarming moment with Argentina legend, Lionel Messi, after Colorado Rapids' clash with Inter Miami in the Major League Soccer.

The Ghanaian centre-back, who recently obtained his US citizenship, watched from the bench as a Messi masterclass saw Inter Miami share the spoils with Colorado Rapids.

Messi climbed off the bench to score and level the scores after the visitors had opened the scoring from the spot through Rafael Navarro.

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Lalas Abubakar and Lionel Messi pictured having a chat after Inter Miami's game against Colorado Rapids. Credit: @SannieDaara.
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The former Barcelona forward also started the move which resulted in Leon Alfonso's second goal for Miami.

However, Rapids left it late to earn a point after Cole Basset scored two minutes from time.

In photos shared on social media, Abubakar was spotted with Messi after the game as they exchanged pleasantries.

Messi moved to the MLS last year after refusing to extend his stay at Paris Saint Germain and also returning to Barcelona. He helped Inter Miami win the Leagues Cup, as reported by CNN.

Meanwhile, Abubakar has spent his entire senior career in the United States, featuring for Columbus Crew and now the Colorado Rapids.

Lalas Abubakar receives US citizenship

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghanaian-born defender, Lalas Abubakar received his US citizenship after a decade in the United States.

The ex-Ghana U20 defender moved to the United States to continue his education and football in 2014, spending two years at the University of Dayton.

Abubakar was drafted into the Major League Soccer in 2017 after spells with Dayton Flyers, the men's soccer team of the University of Dayton, Charlotte Eagles and Michigan Bucks.

Harrison Afful meets Lionel Messi

Sports Brief also reported that Ghana and Charlotte FC defender, Harrison Afful finally met Lionel Messi during the Leagues Cup game against Inter Miami.

The veteran full-back walked to Messi at the end of the match to exchange jerseys with the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner.

Afful started the game before he was replaced with four minutes remaining as Charlotte suffered a 4-0 defeat at the DRV PNK Stadium.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.