The first game Lionel Messi played for his new team, Inter Miami, drew criticism from manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
After the Argentine skipper led the Herons to a 2-1 victory against Cruz Azul on his debut, the manager waxed poetic about his countryman.
In their opening Leagues Cup group-stage matchup, Inter Miami took on Cruz Azul on Friday at the DRV PNK Stadium.
The Major League Soccer team entered the game with a six-game losing streak, but Messi’s arrival gave them hope.
Along with Messi, the club also added players like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to its roster.
After being introduced to the crowd last weekend, Messi, 36, took part in his first training session with Inter Miami on Tuesday.
Benjamin Cremaschi was replaced by Messi at the start of the second half, and he scored the game-winning free kick in the 94th minute to seal the victory.
After the game, Martino described it as “a film that is constantly repeated,” as reported by Eurosport. “It almost seems like he’s putting everything into writing a new movie.
Naturally, certain events are more significant than others, but he is always available to write films.