Lionel Messi from Inter Miami and Cristiano Ronaldo from Al-Hilal
Inter Miami suffered a seven-goal defeat against Al Hilal in the Riyadh Season Cup.

Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami colleagues were defeated 4-3 by Al Hilal in the dramatic Riyadh Season Cup opening. The MLS team fought valiantly against the Saudi Pro League leaders, but were finally defeated in an exciting match.

Inter Miami was invited to the 2024 Riyadh Season Cup, where they would play two of Saudi Arabia’s greatest teams in a friendly competition. Lionel Messi and his teammates were quickly made aware of the strength of the opposition in their first encounter.

Despite playing without injured superstars Neymar, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Bono, Al Hilal demonstrated why they are Saudi Arabia’s top team. They immediately took the lead, but Lionel Messi and Inter Miami battled back before losing a late goal to the Saudis.

The 36-year-old captain, who had a goal disallowed for offside, scored one penalty and assisted on another. Al Hilal put up a controlled effort to defeat their opponents on the night, and the match had fans on X talking about Messi.

“In my books, Messi has two goals. “It’s a shame the other was denied.”

“It was a good concert. Inter Miami just has to improve their defense to challenge for the MLS championship.”

See more reactions from X below;

In a gripping Inter Miami game, Lionel Messi excels

Inter Miami manager Gerardo Martino expressed concern last week about his team’s lack of goals following their first two pre-season games. The Herons had failed to score in games against El Salvador and FC Dallas, losing the latter by one goal.

Lionel Messi, on the other hand, not only inspired his team to score in their Riyadh Season Cup opener, but he also scored himself. Al Hilal grabbed the lead via Aleksandr Mitrovic, and Abdullah Al Hamdan increased their advantage in the early exchanges.

Luis Suarez scored his first goal as a Heron, halving the deficit, before Michael Delgado put the Saudi Pro League leaders up by two goals. Messi stepped up minutes into the second half and hammered a penalty shot into the top corner, bringing his team within one.

The Argentine great then set up youngster David Ruiz to score a superb equalizer for the MLS club. Malcolm, Messi’s old Barcelona teammate, scored in the 88th minute to secure the close victory for Al Hilal in Riyadh.

The Herons will play their second pre-season encounter in Riyadh versus Al Nassr before heading east to Asia for the next phase of their trip.

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