Lionel Messi reveals his three sons asked him to celebrate Marvel goal celebrations with Inter Miami – and he watches movies with them every night before they go to school in the US
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi has shed some light on some of his goal celebrations which have garnered particular attention from fans since his move to Major League Soccer.
Since making his debut for Miami in the League Cup, Messi has scored nine goals in six games and has been in excellent form.
However, the one thing that stood out for some as much as Messi’s game was the Marvel superhero-inspired goal celebrations he unleashed on three separate occasions.
Some wondered if it was a publicity stunt given Marvel had partnered with MLS earlier this year, but in a conversation with the media on Thursday, Messi revealed a far simpler explanation.
“My three sons are still on vacation, haven’t started school yet, so we watch Marvel superhero movies every night,” he said. “They came up with the idea and asked me to have a Marvel Superhero Celebration every time I have a game and score a goal.”
Lionel Messi revealed that his three sons are the reason he’s hosting Marvel celebrations
After watching the movies with his kids, he threw Thor and Black Panther celebrations
After the Thor and Black Panther celebrations, Messi rolled out a Spider-Man celebration
“That’s how it started and we continued this ritual.” “Every time we saw a new film, we practiced a goal celebration.”
“But I only do them at home games when the kids are around here so we can share those moments.” “If I see them in the stands, then I do them.”
Messi’s three sons Ciro, Mateo and Thiago are five, seven and ten years old respectively.
The first of those celebrations came during Miami’s 4-0 win over Atlanta United when he celebrated a goal by reaching out and putting his hand down.
Fans had initially speculated that the 36-year-old Argentine turned to Miami co-owner David Beckham at the celebration and said “Hold my beer” – until Messi’s wife Antonela revealed it was actually a Thor pose reaching for his Hammer.
Messi then folded his arms in the form of the Black Panther in a win over national rivals Orlando City for his second Marvel celebration.
Messi’s third and final Marvel celebration for the time being came in the 4-0 win over Charlotte when he celebrated his goal by pretending to be Spider-Man.
This led some fans to speculate that Messi was either paid by Marvel or had hinted at a future project in which he would play a role.
Messi has scored nine goals in his first six games for Inter Miami in a stormy start
Messi and Miami are in action against Nashville in Saturday night’s League Cup final
Adidas also recently released a Marvel-themed ball and gear for the MLS All-Star game.
While it now appears that Messi and his arrival in Miami had absolutely nothing to do with the league’s all-star activations, Adidas’ releases have only fueled fan speculation – which has now been proven dead wrong .
The world champions have scored nine goals in their first six games in Miami and next face Nashville in the League Cup final on Saturday night.
And if Messi continues his superhero goalscoring streak, it certainly means Miami will lift the trophy in Tennessee.