Lionel Messi recreates famous Diego Maradona picture during MLS debut for Inter Miami as ex-USMNT star Taylor Twellman pays homage to Argentine ‘alien’

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Lionel Messi recreated one of the most famous images featuring Diego Maradona during his MLS debut for Inter Miami against the New York Red Bulls.

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  • South American superstar shining in the States
  • Has already netted 11 goals
  • Continues to emulate fellow countryman

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    Former USMNT star Taylor Twellman has raised that point after watching the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in action. Messi was only given 30 minutes off the bench against the Red Bulls, but that was still enough time in which to score his 11th goal through nine appearances and spark more mass hysteria regarding his impact in the United States.


    Messi’s remarkable vision was on show immediately prior to finding the back of the net, as he picked out the most stunning of passes, with the Argentine surrounded by defenders but still able to find a team-mate. Maradona once found himself in a similar situation at the 1986 World Cup, during a meeting with Belgium, and similarities have been drawn between that iconic image and a still from Messi’s latest outing.


    Twellman posted on social media after watching another Messi masterclass, with the South American considered to be some form of sporting “alien”.


    Messi emulated Maradona when guiding Argentina to global glory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as he cemented his standing among the all-time greats, and is keeping himself in contention for an eighth Golden Ball with his exploits in America.