(VIDEO) Messi is not only a fan and spectator of NBA, Messi's hidden skills playing basketball, as good as in soccer?

Lionel Messi shows off his skills in basketball which surprises many.

Lionel Messi playing on the pitch during an Inter Miami game.
Lionel Messi playing on the pitch during an Inter Miami game.

While Lionel Messi was recently seen at an NBA game during the playoff season, many wondered if Messi practices playing the sport in his free time. The answer is yes, as he showcased enthusiasm when a basketball hoop and a ball were available to him during his FC Barcelona days. Messi took the chance to try some shots, and he was accurate with his shots, as he was in football. He netted two baskets in a row in a video that resurfaced online. Messi was along with his former teammates Arda Turan and Gerard Pique during this old video.

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Messi was in attendance at the Kaseya Center in the Miami Heat game against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Miami Heat, they lost 102-88, and now the Celtics are leading 3-1 in the series. The next match will be in the TD Garden, and a win from the Celtics will eliminate the team from Miami from the playoffs. Messi was shown on the big screen in the arena and with loud cheers, the Miami Heat fans recognized the global superstar.

During his FC Barcelona days, Messi had a viral video with Javier Mascherano and Neymar playing basketball but not their hands. The three players were keeping the ball up with their heads, knees, and feet to get close to the basketball hoop, and Messi's header led to the ball going inside the net. Now, with Messi living in the United States since his move to Inter Miami, the Argentine could attend more NBA games in the future since he seems to really enjoy the sport of basketball.

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Lionel Messi's stats with Inter Miami this season

So far in the 2024 season, Lionel Messi has played ten combined games in the MLS and in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Messi has a total of 10 goals and 11 assists, which puts him at 21 goal contributions in only ten matches. In the last two matches for Inter Miami, he scored a brace and an assist. Messi is the top goalscorer of the MLS, scoring nine goals. He also has the highest goal contributions in the league with 13 in only seven matches played.

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