Lionel Messi in a fan-driven poll? The outcome was inevitable, much like his play on the pitch.
Inter Miami CF's superstar forward has won AT&T 5G Goal of the Matchday for Matchday 29 of the 2023 MLS season, earning a whopping 89.7% of the vote. This follows a sublime give-and-go combination with Benjamin Cremaschi that sealed the GOAT's MLS debut and a 2-0 win at the New York Red Bulls. Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, Messi's fellow summertime signings and ex-FC Barcelona stars, flourished in the buildup as well.
2nd place (4.4%), Saba Lobjanidze: A backheel feed and a backheel finish. Lobjanidze's first-ever Atlanta United goal was a stunner, helping seal a 4-0 rout of Nashville SC – an exclamation mark on the DP winger's MLS debut.
3rd place (4.2%), Xande Silva: The benefactor of a sweeping cross from Thiago Almada, Silva's perfectly-timed volley started Atlanta's lopsided 4-0 victory over Southern rival Nashville SC. The play helped Silva earn a Team of the Matchday presented by Audi bench spot.
4th place (1.7%), Erik Thommy: Sporting Kansas City's German midfielder seems good for a few bangers each season, and his latest golazo capped a 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes – a Western Conference matchup with Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs implications. Thommy's powerful blast followed a charging run towards the 18-yard box.
Check out all of the nominees below