Claims of Lionel Messi snub addressed by LA Galaxy’s Eriq Zavaleta

In the recent MLS match between Inter Miami and the LA Galaxy, Lionel Messi scored a late equalizer, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Lionel Messi
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In the recent MLS match between Inter Miami and the LA Galaxy, Messi secured a late equalizer, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Following the game, footage surfaced depicting Messi allegedly snubbing Zavaleta, the LA Galaxy defender, and declining a request to exchange shirts after the match, as claimed by some social media users.

Nevertheless, the LA Galaxy defender promptly addressed the criticisms aimed at Messi, clarifying the situation through a social media post. Responding to a fan inquiry about the shirt exchange with Messi, Zavaleta stated, “I never spoke to him lol. He’s clearly mad at the refs but agendas….”

While Messi may not have directly clashed with Zavaleta, he was involved in a heated altercation between Edwin Cerillo and Luis Suarez. Cerillo has chosen not to disclose the specifics of Messi’s words but noted that he felt the Inter Miami superstar was attempting to unsettle him.

Instead of Messi, Zavaleta’s Galaxy teammate Diego Fagundez ended up taking home Messi’s shirt. Fagundez proudly displayed the iconic No. 10 jersey after the match.

Looking ahead, Messi and Inter Miami are gearing up for a derby match against Florida rivals Orlando City, scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at Chase Stadium.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 6 4 Missed
Minutes 494 82.3 Avg
Goals 7 1.2 Avg
Assist 3 0.5 Avg
Attempt 21 3.5 Avg
Passes 282 47.086.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total twice for 180 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi scored 1 goal for Inter Miami. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 1st in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami drew 1-1 against LA Galaxy.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 5
Draw 3
Loss 2
Goals 22-15
Diff 7
This season

Inter Miami is currently 1st in the Major League Soccer with 4 points.

In the last 2 games, it has won once and drawn once. In its last match, Inter Miami drawn 1-1 against LA Galaxy.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 3 goals and conceding 1.​