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When is Lionel Messi’s next match for Inter Miami?

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Lionel Messi and Inter Miami have returned to Major League Soccer action, with the 2024 regular season now in full swing.

Inter Miami picked up a 2-0 victory in their season opener, beating Real Salt Lake in a very sloppy match across the 90 minutes. Messi was the star, assisting Robert Taylor’s opener and creating the chance for Diego Gomez’s second-half finisher. He also shone in a rout of Orlando City
, but when he was rested for the game with Montreal, it ended in defeat for Tata Martino’s team.

Messi had a turbulent preseason, to say the least, as it was marked by controversy over his injury rest. His decision to sit out a friendly match against an All-Star XI in Hong Kong caused great anger among fans and political figures
and served as something of a cautionary tale for MLS clubs considering similar global tours.

The Argentina star had been involved for some of Inter Miami’s two-game Riyadh Season Cup spell in Saudi Arabia — in which they conceded 10 goals across their two matches — but we never got to see the highly anticipated “Last Dance” between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi
as the Portugal star also suffered an injury
.

The Sporting News provides you with the latest Lionel Messi schedule and the full MLS, CONCACAF Champions Cup, and Leagues Cup calendar for Inter Miami.

Messi played the full 90 minutes against Montreal on Sunday, May 12 as Inter Miami came from behind to claim a 3-2 win. 

The Argentina icon did the unexpected — he failed to score or assist on a goal, but it didn’t matter as Inter Miami’s other stars stepped up to help lead the Herons to a comeback victory at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec. Matias Rojas scored an incredible free-kick goal and Luis Suarez poked home a corner kick to tie the game late in the first half.

Then, it was 19-year-old Benjamin Cremaschi, making his first start of the season, who beat the Montreal offside trap and toe-poked the ball past Montreal goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois for the game-winning goal early in the second half. 

Next up for the Herons is a visit to Orlando City on May 16th, although Messi’s status remains uncertain as he has been declared questionable with a leg injury.

As 2023 Leagues Cup winners, Inter Miami earned a bye to the Round of 16, where they defeated MLS side Nashville SC over two legs. The run ended there, however, as Monterrey eliminated Inter Miami by a 5-2 aggregate in the quarterfinals. 

Inter Miami kicked off their 2024 MLS season with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at home in late February, participating in the first match of the entire league campaign.

Their regular season will finish on Decision Day on October 19, when they play New England Revolution on Decision Day.

* Lionel Messi did not participate

The 2024 Leagues Cup is scheduled to begin on July 26, running for a month while the MLS season pauses play.

The final will take place on August 25, after which MLS league play will resume. Inter Miami were drawn against two Mexican clubs in Tigres UNAL and Puebla for the group stage. The top two teams in each group qualify for the knockout stage, while the bottom side is eliminated.

Inter Miami are the defending champions, having won the 2023 tournament by defeating Nashville SC on penalties in the final.

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