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Lionel Messi’s stunning free-kick goal for Inter Miami

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Lionel Messi gave Inter Miami their best football night in the club’s short history on Friday, curling in a stunner in the last minutes of the game to help his new team script a Leagues Cup victory against Cruz Azul at the DRV PNK Stadium. And Messi’s moment of brilliance in the 94th minute of the match stunned 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and sent Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham to tears.

Lionel Messi

The Argentinian superstar, who won the FIFA World Cup only months ago and the Ballon d’Or a record seven times in his illustrious career, made his much-anticipated debut for Inter Miami on Friday, where he was also handed the captain’s armband in stepping onto the field in the 54th minute of the match.

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Lionel Messi Goal

Ten minutes into his start, the Mexican visitors equalized before Messi had scattered opportunities. But he saved his finest for last. After picking up a foul approximately seven yards outside the penalty area, Messi unleashed a left-footed free kick that soared over the defensive wall, past diving goalkeeper Andres Gudino, and into the upper left corner of the net.

The performance stunned the sold-out audience. Serena was among them, and she was left speechless while media celebrity Kim Kardashian, who was seated next to her, looked on. Meanwhile, Beckham, a football legend in his own right, burst into tears at the sight.

“I knew it was the last chance,” Lionel Messi said of his free kick, according to ESPN.com. “I just tried like always do and fortunately the goalkeeper couldn’t get the ball.

“It is important for this team to get wins because we are not in a good position in the league. I know this is another tournament, but it will help our morale.”

Inter Miami now has three points and leads Group J of the Leagues Cup.