Lionel Messi Set for China Tour with Inter Miami

Inter Miami CF superstar Lionel Messi made history on Tuesday evening, becoming Conmebol’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup qualifying. Messi’s two stunning left-footed goals against Orlando City SC goalkeeper Pedro Gallese led Argentina to a 2-0 victory at Peru.

The marquee signing for the Herons this summer surpassed his ex-FC Barcelona teammate and Uruguay star Luis Suárez. Messi now boasts 31 goals in South American World Cup Qualifiers, while Suárez has 29.

With their captain and No. 10 leading the charge, La Albiceleste has enjoyed a flawless start of 4 wins and 0 losses in the 2026 World Cup cycle, aiming to defend their 2022 title.

This marked Messi’s inaugural start since a 4-0 victory against Toronto FC on September 20, which led to a four-game hiatus due to persistent muscle fatigue.

Messi made a comeback with a substitute appearance in Miami’s 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati on October 7, a result that eliminated Miami from contention for the.

While Messi’s availability for Saturday’s Decision Day finale against Charlotte FC (6 pm ET | MLS Season Pass) remains uncertain, any concerns about his health and impact were dispelled by Tuesday’s remarkable performance.

It also harked back to Messi’s sensational displays over the summer with Miami, where the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, aided by fellow marquee signings Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, led the Herons to Leagues Cup 2023 glory and the US Open Cup Final.

As Miami’s 2023 season approaches its conclusion, more opportunities await Messi. The 36-year-old is in contention for a possible eighth Ballon d’Or Award at month’s end, is anticipated to participate more with Argentina during the November international window, and might feature for the Herons in their upcoming tour of China


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