Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Ace Named MLS Player Of The Matchday

Written by Patrick Echatah

Lionel Messi of Inter Miami has won his second straight MLS Player of the Matchday award following another record-breaking performance.

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The most notable player of Matchday 12 was the Argentine superstar No. 10, who led the Herons to a 6-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls with a historically impressive 1g/5a stat line that shattered two league records.

Most assists in a single MLS game (5)

Most goal contributions in a single MLS game (6)

Messi broke two more league records on Matchday 11 against the New England Revolution: he became the first player in MLS history to record multiple goal contributions in five straight league games and the most goal contributions (16) by a player in the first seven games of a season.

Messi now has 10 goals and 12 assists in just eight games this season (seven starts) after his most recent attacking explosion. In addition to winning Player of the Month for April, he has already won three Player of the Matchday honours.

Miami are averaging 2.66 goals per game thanks to Messi’s heroics on the pitch of play, matching the MLS single-season record set by the LA Galaxy in 1998.

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Brazilian winger Célio Pompeu has signed a new deal with St. Louis CITY SC, the team announced on Friday

With a club option for 2027, the 24-year-old Brazilian is now signed through the 2026 MLS season.

“We are proud to see Célio’s growth through our pipeline”, sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said in a press release. “He has grown as a professional, both on and off the field, and to reap the rewards with a new contract was something he worked really hard for. Celio continues to elevate his game each and every day and we hope that he doesn’t stop raising the bar.”

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