‘Lionel Messi is enhancing the MLS’: Former Premier League manager Dean Smith on facing the GOAT at Charlotte FC

Inter Miami's Argentine forward Lionel Messi reacts during the second half of the friendly football match between Inter Miami of the US's Major League Soccer league and Vissel Kobe of Japan's J-League at the National Stadium in Tokyo on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi has shone a spotlight on MLS since joining Inter Miami in June 2023, and former Premier League boss Dean Smith can't wait to come up against the World Cup-winning captain. 

Having recently been appointed Charlotte FC manager, Dean Smith will have the unenviable task of setting his team up to nullify Lionel Messi as best as he can on two occasions in the new MLS campaign. 

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