Lionel Messi Sets Records in Inter Miami Triumph
Lionel Messi's desire to create history accompanies him wherever he goes, and his journey with Inter Miami FC in the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) is no exception. The 2022 World Cup champion has already made a significant impact, especially in a remarkable 4-0 Leagues Cup triumph against Atlanta United, where he teamed up with Robert Taylor to lead his team to victory.
Messi's brilliance was on full display as he scored two of Inter Miami's goals within the first 22 minutes of the match, showcasing his extraordinary skill and goal-scoring prowess. However, his second goal that evening set a new Guinness World Record as the most-watched live event in the history of the United States. The video of that momentous goal has garnered over 3.4 billion views, a remarkable achievement following his recent move from Paris Saint-Germain to MLS. Since he arrived at Inter Miami, Messi has scored three goals in his first two appearances for the club.
One notable highlight was his new goal celebration, unveiled after scoring twice against Atlanta United. Messi stood still and extended his hand towards David Beckham, Inter Miami’s co-owner, who was captured smiling back. This gesture reflected the mutual respect between the two football legends.
Messi's collection of Guinness World Records extends beyond this latest accolade. His remarkable achievements confirmed his status as one of the most decorated footballers in history, with 34 trophies and titles at the club level. He further solidified his legacy on the international stage by claiming the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Copa América, and the CONMEBOL titles, earning seven entries in the Guinness Book.
Messi currently holds the record for the footballer with the most Guinness World Records, beating Ronaldo’s 40 records with 41. A Twitter post by the British reference book announced that he surpassed his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, boasting an impressive 41 records compared to Ronaldo's 40.
This puts him far ahead of other players, with Robert Lewandowski ranking third at nine records, followed by Kylian Mbappe and Neymar with five and four records, respectively.
Some of Messi's records include the most goals scored in a La Liga career, the most assist in a La Liga career, the most wins of the European Golden Shoe award and the most football goals scored in a calendar year. These accomplishments have cemented his place in football history, and he continues to add to his impressive legacy with each game he plays.
While Messi took his talents to Inter Miami, Ronaldo ventured into Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League in 2022. This move earned him a record-breaking salary, making him the highest-paid professional footballer in history, earning close to €200 million per year.
Throughout their careers, Messi and Ronaldo engaged in an unparalleled rivalry, entertaining football fans worldwide. Between 2008 and 2017, the duo dominated the men's Ballon d'Or prize. Messi and Ronaldo's on-field rivalry may fade as time passes, but their individual greatness and contributions to the sport will forever be etched in football's rich history.