Inter Miami’s rave of the moment, Lionel Messi dedicated the club’s victory over Cruz Azul to injury-plagued team-mate Ian Fray, after scoring a superb late free-kick.
Messi was interviewed after scoring a last-minute free-kick to give his new side a 2-1 win and took the time to send his best wishes to Fray.
In the 26th minute of the game, the homegrown defender went down under no contact and ultimately left the pitch in tears. The 20-year-old has twice torn his ACL, and may be fearing that the same has happened again.
Messi said: “Let me dedicate this victory to Ian Fray, who was suffering in the locker room from the injury he sustained. He comes (back) from two serious injuries and today he has the bad luck to go through an injury again.”
Messi’s heroics gave Inter their first win in seven games, but there will be concerns over Fray. He had developed into a first-team regular after recovering from his most recent ACL injury, but may now need to rehab the injury all over again.