Lionel Messi scores the fastest goal in his career as Argentina star finds the net in just 80 seconds of clash with Australia following his mega-money move to Inter Miami
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- Lionel Messi scored his fastest career goal in Argentina’s game vs Australia
- The 35-year-old took just 80 seconds to hit the back of the net on Thursday
Lionel Messi took just 80 seconds to get on the scoresheet as the Argentina star scored a stunning goal for his country against Australia – the fastest goal in his highly-decorated career.
Messi, setting foot on the pitch for the first time since his move to MLS side Inter Miami, punished the Socceroos for giving him a yard of space on the edge of the area, finishing low passed Mat Ryan.
It was a textbook finish for the 35-year-old and the fastest goal he’s scored in his career, beating the 127 seconds it took him to find the net for Barcelona against Chelsea in their Champions League clash back in 2018.
Argentina are undertaking a post-season tour of Asia and fielded a strong team to face the side they knocked out in the last-16 of the World Cup, which they went onto win in Qatar.
The world champions will take on Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday.
Lionel Messi scored his fastest career goal in Argentina’s clash with Australia in China
Messi arrived in the Far East having waved goodbye to Paris-Saint Germain following his two-year stint in the French capital.
He struggled to settle in France having spent 21 years in Spain, while his superstar partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar failed to have the desired impact, with PSG unable to challenge for the Champions League.
Messi had been linked with a mega-money move to Saudi Arabia, where Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema ply their trade, as well as a return to Barcelona, but instead opted for the United States.
In a statement with Mundo Deportivo he said ‘I’m not going back to Barça, I’m going to Inter Miami.’
‘I made the decision that I’m going to go to Miami. I still haven’t closed it one hundred percent. I’m missing some things but we decided to continue on the path. If the Barcelona thing didn’t come out, I wanted to leave Europe, get out of the spotlight and think more in my family.’
Messi, who will be 36 at the end of this month, had all-but ruled out a move to the US after his family set their heart on a return to Barcelona, but that became impossible because of the club’s financial situation – and the player has decided to take the Miami offer over the astronomical sums proposed by Al-Hilal.
The family already have a house in Miami and a move there has won out the Saudi deal that would have been worth over $214m a season for two campaigns and the option of a third year.
The Inter Miami star found the back of the net after just 80 seconds on Thursday
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