Beckham lured Messi to the United States. How many goals will Lionel score and what records will he break in MLS?
Mikhail Korobov June 9, 2023, 19:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
One of the best players in soccer history made a difficult decision.
One of the most intriguing developments in the recently opened summer transfer window was the departure of Lionel Messi from PSG. The owner of seven Ballon d’Ors broke with the club in unfavorable circumstances. The bitter taste remained both in him and in the admirers of the Parisians.
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Barcelona was interested in taking over the famous Argentine. He could also join the team from the Premier League or go to the Saudi Arabian championship, where he would receive 600 million euros a year. However, Lionel’s choice, to everyone’s surprise, fell to MLS team Inter Miami.
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Before Messi’s arrival, Inter Miami could only boast that its owner is the legendary former Manchester United and Real Madrid footballer David Beckham. At the moment, the team closes the classification of the Eastern Conference.
However, this is not a problem now. Just 12 minutes after the Lionel Messi transfer announcement, Inter Miami gained one million subscribers on the club’s official Instagram account. At the same time, tickets for Beckham’s club matches have increased in price 17 times. They have become more expensive than the cost of attending Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.
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In addition, the ex-partner of the Argentine Luis Suárez is going to move to Inter Miami. The Uruguayan, if he wishes, can be released early from the contract with Gremio, which runs until 2024. Ángel Di María could also join the team. Others may catch up in time.
What MLS records will the winner of seven Ballon d’Ors break?
With the Argentine at Inter Miami, he could become one of the strongest clubs in MLS. The 35-year-old striker is in good shape. He won the world championship in Qatar and the championship in France. In 48 appearances in all official competitions this season, he has scored 28 goals and provided 23 assists.
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In MLS, the level of rivals is much lower, so Messi will surely please with performance even more often. Especially if the composition of “Inter Miami” is replenished with Suárez and Di María. The Uruguayan’s experience and the Argentinian’s technique will definitely not stop Lionel from breaking records.
You can bet that Messi will become the top scorer in the MLS regular season at the bookmakers at odds of 2.20. You can bet that he will break the regular season scoring record set by Carlos Vela (34 goals) at odds of 7.50.
Scoring 35 goals in a season is not an easy task. Only five times in his career has Lionel scored so much for Barcelona. Messi has not exceeded the 30 goal mark in the last four seasons. It is true that concessions can be made for the fact that two of them went to PSG, where things did not work out for the Argentine. If he gets Suárez and Di María as partners, he can break this record.
It is also likely that the Argentine will break the season assist record, set by Carlos Valderrama (26 assists). You can bet on this with a coefficient of 4.50. The level of goalkeepers in MLS is far from the highest. So Messi has every chance to improve his already incredible stats.
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However, never in his career in a season in the national championship has Lionel made so many assists. His maximum in this regard is 23 assists in the 2019/2020 season. If Messi manages to break the MLS assist record, he too will set a personal achievement.
Messi’s free kicks are a separate art
During his career, Lionel scored over 800 goals in all competitions. 61 of them, the Argentine scored free throws. We will remember his goals from set pieces for a long time, and especially the goal scored in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Liverpool.
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However, lately the owner of seven Ballon d’Or scores less and less in free kicks. It is unlikely that he will be able to beat Sebastian Giovinco’s record for the number of goals scored by MLS standards – 13. He can bet that Messi will put up with this achievement with a coefficient of 30.0.
Bet 1: he will become the top scorer in MLS in the regular season at 2.20.
Bet 2: will break the MLS season scoring record with 7.50.
Express with a coefficient of 10.51.
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