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Messi's Deadly Free Kicks: Akin to Penalty Gifts

Lionel Messi's prowess continues to shine with Inter Miami, especially regarding his lethal free kicks. Nico Estevez, the coach of the MLS team, praised Messi with a heavy heart.

Nico Estevez's attempt to lead his team, Dallas FC, further in the Leagues Cup competition failed. This happened after Inter Miami silenced them in the Round of 16.

The score remained tightly contested at 4-4 by the end of regular time. Proceeding to a penalty shootout, Inter Miami emerged victorious with a 5-3 score.

Nico Estevez commended Lionel Messi's free-kick skills. Messi successfully executed a free kick in the 85th minute to level the score and push the match into a penalty shootout.

"It's evident that when Messi takes a free kick, it's akin to giving him a penalty," he stated, as reported by ESPN.

"All you can do is pray that the ball doesn't go in," he continued.

Lionel Messi has already scored seven goals in four matches with Inter Miami. Two of his free kick goals proved decisive for Inter Miami's victories against Cruz Azul and Dallas.

Messi's proficiency in taking free kicks is unquestionable. Throughout his career, La Pulga has netted 64 goals from such opportunities.