Westwood, who left Premier League side Burnley for Charlotte FC in January and came up against Messi and Co in the quarter-finals of the inaugural Leagues Cup, has told Sky Sports of the Argentine’s impact: “The whole thing he's brought to the MLS has been incredible, I've played against some unbelievable players in the Premier League but even at his age he's still the greatest I've ever faced. Sergio Busquets in midfield as well, he just sees things that others don't. Without Busquets, I think Messi would find it a little bit harder but he's got Busquets in midfield to find him with every pass. To play against him was a real honour but he got the best of us so hopefully we'll do a job when he comes to us!”
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Inter Miami will wrap up their 2023 regular season campaign with back-to-back outings against Charlotte FC. They will hope to already be occupying a play-off berth by then, with there still a six-point gap for them to bridge as Messi prepares to return to domestic action against Atlanta United in Saturday.