Lionel Messi breaks MLS record with goal, 5 assists in a single half

Lionel Messi continues to dominate Major League Soccer (MLS) with his extraordinary performances. In a recent match against the New York Red Bulls, Messi showcased unprecedented skill, breaking multiple records. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, Inter Miami rallied, largely thanks to Messi. He scored a goal and provided five assists, setting new MLS records for most assists and goal contributions in a single game. Impressively, Messi achieved this feat in just one half, in less than 33 minutes. His assists varied from elegant setups to dazzling displays of skill, highlighting his unmatched talent and the weaknesses of his opponents.

Messi’s impact extends beyond his individual achievements. He has accumulated a remarkable 22 goal contributions in just seven-and-a-half MLS games, averaging nearly three per 90 minutes. Despite missing games due to rest or injury, he is on track to challenge MLS records for single-season assists and goal-plus-assist tallies. Although he will temporarily leave for the 2024 Copa América, Messi’s influence on the league is undeniable.

At age 36, Messi continues to redefine expectations, leading both in goals and assists in MLS. His performance transcends statistical generosity, as he maintains an exceptional rate of non-penalty goals plus assists per 90 minutes, surpassing even his own records set in La Liga. With Inter Miami currently atop the Eastern Conference, Messi’s impact on the league is unprecedented, signaling a new era of dominance in MLS.

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