Lionel Messi Sets Record for Most Assists in a Single MLS Game

Inter Miami's Lionel Messi in August 2023
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi in August 2023. Photo by Dave Shopland/Shutterstock (14065654l)

Inter Miami’s forward Lionel Messi continues to put MLS on notice with his exceptional performances. The latest one came during the 6-2 win over the New York Red Bulls this past weekend, during which Messi set a couple of league records.

Messi finished the game by scoring a goal and dishing five assists. By doing so, he set the new MLS record for most assists in a single game and most goal contributions (six) in a single game.

Three of Messi’s assists were converted to goals by his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suárez while newly-acquired midfielder Matías Rojas bagged two goals thanks to Messi.

“All [goals] were fundamental to the game, but Leo did something historic tonight with five assists and one goal,” said Inter Miami’s head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino after the game. 

Messi had a slow start to the 2024 campaign, missing four games due to a hamstring injury. But since returning to action in early April, the Argentina national team captain has been on a tear. He scored in five consecutive games and assisted in each of the last four matches.

Messi has 10 goals and nine assists in total eight matches of the new MLS season, while Inter Miami is currently sitting first in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 12 games.

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