Watch wholesome moment Messi consoles rival's son after penalty shootout win as fans hail Inter Miami ace's 'pure class' | The Sun

LIONEL MESSI has been praised by fans as "pure class" after consoling a rival player's son following a dramatic win.

Inter Miami defeated Cincinnati 5-4 on penalties to make the final of the US Open Cup.

The team owned by David Beckham found themselves 2-0 down only for an inspired Messi to help them get back into the game with two assists.

It went to extra-time with the score ending 3-3 and penalties decided the semi-final clash as the Argentine legend converted his spot-kick.

After the shootout, Messi was approached by Cincinatti star Luciano Acosta.

He exchanged a few words with his compatriot before rubbing the head of his rival's son.


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The wholesome moment left fans hailing Messi for his treatment of fans, one said: "Pure class."

Another added: "Humility at the highest peak."

A third commented: "Everyday Messi gives you more and more reasons to love him. Even outside of what he does with a football."

Inter Miami will now play Houston Dynamo in US Open Cup final on September 27.

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It will be their second showpiece after winning the Leagues Cup by beating Nashville also via penalties.

Inter Miami have now gone eight matches unbeaten since the arrivals of Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

The 2022 World Cup winner has scored ten goals in eight games since moving to the States.

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