Lionel Messi earns Leagues Cup 2023 Top Scorer And Best Player Award

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After helping Inter Miami CF earn its first-ever trophy, Lionel Messi has earned his first two MLS awards: Leagues Cup 2023 Top Scorer and Best Player.

Messiโ€™s ten goals in seven matches was the top scoring performance of the tournament. Minnesota Unitedโ€™s Bongokuhle Hlongwane (7 goals in five matches) and Los Angeles Football Clubโ€™s Denis Bouanga (6 goals in three matches) came the closest to the Argentine superstar.

Messi opened his scoring ledger in his MLS and Leagues Cup 2023 debut against Cruz Azul, a stoppage time game-winning free kick that immediately went viral around the world.

He followed that up by scoring a brace in three consecutive matches, capping that run with a late free kick equalizer against FC Dallas to force penalties and keep Inter Miami CFโ€™s title hopes alive.

He added a late goal to cap off a 4-0 thrashing of Charlotte FC and in his last match he scored the longest goal of his career in a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union in the semifinals.