“He needs to join the ISL” – Fans react to Lionel Messi’s poor record for Inter Miami in the MLS

Lionel Messi loses his first MLS game as a starter.


“He needs to join the ISL” – Fans react to Lionel Messi’s poor record for Inter Miami in the MLS

Lionel Messi for Inter Miami (via CNN)

Lionel Messi‘s recent MLS game with Inter Miami ended in a loss, drawing attention to his struggling performance in the American League. So, fans didn’t shy away from taking a shot at the Argentine maestro, saying he belongs in the Indian Super League (ISL)

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Kerwin Vargas scored a goal in the 13th minute, securing Charlotte FC’s spot in the playoffs. Messi, a Ballon d’Or nominee, has struggled with just one goal and two assists in six appearances for Inter Miami. His goals-per-game ratio is a meager 0.2, and he has a record of three wins, one draw, and two losses in his first MLS season.

The game against Charlotte FC was Messi’s first start for the club since his MLS game against Toronto where the player was subbed off midway through the first half due to a muscle injury he suffered against Ecuador during Argentina’s 2026 World Cup Qualifier.

However, his return was not fruitful for the club as Charlotte FC shut down the Miami-based side even though they boasted more possession of the ball. This game marked the first time in Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami tenure that the player had lost a game after being involved in the Starting XI.

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With Lionel Messi’s season over till February, the Argentine will now put his attention towards his national team who are currently first in the group in the World Cup qualifiers.

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Twitter Fans react to Lionel Messi’s poor record in the MLS

With the winner of the Ballon d’Or set to be announced later this month, fans online have brought up Lionel Messi’s poor record in the MLS to the public’s attention claiming Man City’s Erling Haaland deserves to win the award. The Argentine’s life in the US started brilliantly as the player scored goals for fun, playing a crucial role in helping Inter Miami lift the 2023 Leagues Cup trophy, their first title since the club’s inception in 2018.

Lionel Messi for Inter Miami
Lionel Messi for Inter Miami. (Source: via AP)

Towards the end of the season, things went very differently from the beginning. An injury kept him out, causing Inter Miami to lose in the US Open Cup against Houston Dynamos. Later, the team couldn’t make the MLS Playoffs, losing to FC Cincinnati. Subsequently, his last game of the season with Inter Miami also ended in a loss. Now, people are teasing him about playing in the ISL.

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Here are some of the reactions:

While Lionel Messi has a poor finish to the season, the player is still the favorite to lift the Ballon d’Or this year as many have favored Argentina’s World Cup success over Manchester City’s treble achievement.

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