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Inter Miami Stars ‘Took Bets’ On Lionel Messi Debut

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 22: Lionel Messi #10 of Inter Miami CF in action against FC Dallas at Cotton Bowl on January 22, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

A former Inter Miami has revealed the players on the bench “took bets” about Lionel Messi on his debut for the club last year.

Messi made his presence felt in Miami during his first campaign after helping the club win the Leagues Cup, which was their first-ever trophy.

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The Argentine’s debut came in the same competition and he wasted no time in making an impact off the bench when he curling home a free-kick for the winning goal in second-half stoppage time.

Former Inter defender Kamal Miller opened about the famous night against Cruz Azul.

“Euphoric, honestly. You can’t really write it or dream it any other way, especially his entrance, the way he came in and scored that free kick. 

“It was crazy. I was on the bench when he scored, I got subbed out that game and we’re just taking bets on the bench like, ‘You think he’ll score?’ And then boom, right over the wall. We were like, this is not real.”

“He came at a time when we were struggling in the league and as a group, we got together before he came and we’re like, ‘Leagues Cup is a perfect opportunity for us to start with a clean slate. 

“Everyone starts on zero points and we can kind of rewrite the season. Even before he got there, we committed as a team that we were going to give everything to win Leagues Cup. With the additions, obviously, it helped a lot, but overall it was a good ride.”

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