Lionel Messi watches on as Inter Miami crumbles to embarrassing 6-0 loss vs. Al-Nassr – without Cristiano Ronaldo – as Aymeric Laporte scores from his own HALF… and World Cup winner is forced to come on despite injury scare

  • Inter Miami faced Al-Nassr on Thursday as part of their worldwide pre-season tour
  • Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as his teammates cruised to a 6-0 victory
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Inter Miami suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat in Thursday’s pre-season friendly against Al-Nassr after conceding three goals inside the first 12 minutes – including one from inside the opposition half.

With Lionel Messi looking on after suffering an injury spree, the MLS side went down 3-0 in no time to the Saudi outfit – who were without Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal icon sat in the stands after he was excluded from the friendly in Riyadh.

The embarrassment at the start of the match was epitomized by Al-Nassr’s third goal, scored by former Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte.

The defender fired a free kick from well inside his own half, which flew over Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender as he scrambled back towards his goal. That made it 3-0.

The home team took the lead three minutes earlier through Portuguese forward Otavio before Brazilian Talisca doubled the lead soon after.

Lionel Messi watched from the bench as Inter Miami fell 3-0 to Al-Nassr after 12 minutes.

The World Cup winner came on for the final few minutes of a humiliating 6-0 defeat on Thursday

The World Cup winner came on for the final few minutes of a humiliating 6-0 defeat on Thursday

Jordi Alba (above), Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez all started for the MLS club in Saudi Arabia.

Jordi Alba (above), Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez all started for the MLS club in Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands after being ruled out of the pre-season friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands after being ruled out of the pre-season friendly

Despite being without Messi, Miami still fielded a starting lineup that included Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.

Tata Martino’s side looked to have stopped the early bleeding – the score was still 3-0 at half-time – only for Al-Nassr to make it three more after the break.

Talisca added a fourth six minutes into the second half. Then, either side of Suarez and Alba being substituted, Al-Nassr completed the game. First Mohammed Maran made it five before Talisca completed his hat-trick with 17 minutes remaining.

The Brazilian then rubbed salt in Miami’s wounds by executing Ronaldo’s trademark celebration.

Messi stayed on the bench until the last six minutes. It is claimed he felt ‘uncomfortable’ after playing Al-Hilal and was forced to go for a scan.

Miami is four games into a grueling preseason tour, which will see them travel 23,000 miles. Messi and Co. still have games in Hong Kong and Japan to come before the new MLS season. The World Cup winner is expected to play sometime during the rest of the tour.

Former Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte scored from inside his own half

Former Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte scored from inside his own half

Brazilian midfielder Talisca scored a hat-trick for the Saudi Arabian team in Thursday’s match