Lionel Messi: The unique stat Argentine achieved for only the second time with goal vs Sporting KC

Lionel Messi: The unique stat Argentine achieved for only the second time with goal vs Sporting KC

Rene Otinga
updated at April 14, 2024 at 6:36 AM
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  • Lionel Messi as on target for Inter Miami on Sunday, April 14
  • The Argentine helped Inter Miami beat Sporting KC in the MLS
  • In doing so, he achieved a feat he did back in the 2013/14 season

Lionel Messi achieved a unique feat for only the second time in his career thanks to his goal against Sporting KC on Sunday.

Inter Miam badly needed a lift after a disappointing outing the last time out after exiting the CONCACAF Champions Cup to CF Monterrey.

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Lionel Messi during the second half against Sporting Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium on April 13, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Kyle Rivas.
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In front of an eager 70,000+ people at Arrowhead Stadium, Messi put up an attacking masterclass in his first start since March 2, registering a goal and assist in the process.

How the game went

Inter Miami typically showed frailty at the back, as Sporting KC's Erik Thommy gave the home side an early lead. Messi was crucial for his side’s equaliser, delivering an inch-perfect assist for David Ruiz to finish it off in the 18th minute.

Six minutes into the second half, the former Barcelona man was ait it again, this time getting on the score sheet with a thunderous strike from outside the box.

According to GOAL, Sporting’s Thommy, however, responded once again in an equally sleek fashion as he volleyed home the equaliser in the 58th minute.

There was time for more drama later in the game as the Herons got their winner through Luis Suarez, who poked home from Diego Gomez’s cross.

Messi matches 2013 feat

For Messi, he will be delighted to have helped his side to a much-needed three points.

On a personal level, the Argentine also achieved a unique milestone which he only achieved in 2013, when he was arguably in his prime.

According to Opta, Messi has contributed a goal in each of his first five league appearances of the season.

In the 2013/14 season, he managed to achieve that while playing for Barca in the La Liga. That season, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Pichichi with 31 goals, three ahead of Messi’s 28.

What next for Inter Miami?

Inter Miami’s next game is a tricky home fixture against Nashville on Sunday, Aprril 21.

Messi’s bodyguard takes on pitch invader

Sports Brief also reported on a curious incident in which Messi’s bodyguard disrupted play to take on a pitch invader.

Yassine Cheuko interrupted the game and made a beeline for the record Ballon d'Or winner, as shown in a viral video on social media.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.