Lionel Messi goes viral with insane move over injured player in Inter Miami's MLS opener

Lionel Messi, with just one sequence in his season opener, showed why he’s seen by many as the best soccer player in the world.

Messi went viral after dribbling over an injured defender laying on the pitch during the first half of Inter Miami’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Messi was aggressive and persistent throughout Inter Miami’s season opener, and tried to find some open space for a shot on goal. He dribbled along the penalty arc, and lofted the ball over Real Salt Lake’s Andrew Brody, who was laying on the field after getting his hand stepped on earlier in the sequence.

"For those asking, yes I was the cone on the ground there," Brody posted on his Instagram story one day after the match.

Pictures: Lionel Messi and Inter Miami open 2024 MLS season

Messi’s shot toward the net was deflected by another defender. He appeared to smile, but was not content his attempt did not result in a score.

Still, the viral highlight moment began to make the rounds on TikTok and other social media platforms after the match.

Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna unimpressed with Messi move

Inter Miami's Robert Taylor was amused with the sequence after the match:

"Sometimes, he chucks the ball over a defender that's down. That's crazy," Taylor said of Messi.

But Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna wasn't as amused: "For me, from the best player in the world, I would expect that from him. Not just dribble right into him."

Messi had an assist to Robert Taylor in the 39th minute, and a hockey assist for Diego Gomez’s goal in the 83rd minute in Inter Miami’s victory.

Inter Miami’s next match is Sunday against the L.A. Galaxy.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Messi has insane move over injured player, goes viral on social media