Lionel Messi leads Inter Miami in search of redemption against CF Montréal

The arrival of the Argentine superstar shakes up the Major League Soccer scene and promises an exciting clash this Saturday
New York Red Bulls v Inter Miami CF
New York Red Bulls v Inter Miami CF / Megan Briggs/GettyImages

This Saturday, all eyes turn to the showdown between Inter Miami and CF Montréal, with the promise of an epic battle at Stade Saputo in Montréal, Quebec.

Since his arrival in MLS, Messi has been an unstoppable force, leading Inter Miami with his unmatched skill and tireless determination. His debut in the North American league was marked by a series of brilliant performances, clinching three of the last four Player of the Round awards. With 22 goal contributions, including 10 goals and 12 assists, Messi not only leads Inter Miami but also tops the league's statistics, sharing the top scorer position with his former teammate, Luis Suárez.

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Saturday's match is not just another game in the MLS regular season. It's an opportunity for Inter Miami to seek redemption against CF Montréal, who defeated the Miami team 3-2 in the previous encounter. On that occasion, Messi was absent due to rest, and both Suárez and Sergio Busquets came on as late substitutes. Now, with Messi in full form and leading the attack, Inter Miami is determined to reverse the result and assert its prominent position in the Eastern Conference.

CF Montréal, despite sitting 11th in the standings, is a resilient team led by experienced coach Laurent Courtois. Despite facing adversities early in the season, including a stretch of six away games and several key player injuries, Courtois and his team have shown admirable fighting spirit. With talented players like Matías Cóccaro, Josef Martínez, and Kwadwo Opoku, CF Montréal is capable of challenging any team, even the strongest in the league.

While Inter Miami leads the Eastern Conference with 24 points in 12 games, CF Montréal struggles to establish itself at the top of the table, with only 12 points in nine games.