MLS Sports Betting Reaches New Heights Following Messi's First Title Win with Inter Miami

August 21st, 2023 - The MLS is experiencing a seismic shift with Lionel Messi's entry. With Inter Miami's recent dramatic penalty shootout victory against Nashville SC in the Leagues Cup Final, - the original online sportsbook marking its 30th season this year – finds itself at the epicenter of this transformation, having quickly become the leader in American Major League Soccer (MLS) betting by developing an unprecedented number of betting options for its “suddenly soccer-obsessed customers,” according to the company. is noting a historic increase in MLS betting and revenues since Messi arrived on American shores, according to Tim Williams, director of public affairs for BetUS, and only expects further growth in betting revenue from MLS fans as time goes on, due in large part to the acquisition of star players “which American bettors expect to see on their favorite teams,” Williams says. “We hope to see many others join Messi in the MLS.” 


Williams shared, "The amalgamation of Messi's inaugural season in the MLS and his undeniable prowess has ushered in a unique era in sports betting. Our prop bets have rocketed, particularly after his team's triumphant first title win and the ongoing unbeaten streak since Messi's arrival in the US." 


Messi's On-Pitch Magic (Continues?) 

Prop Description 

Messi to score in his US Open Cup debut for Inter Miami? 

Yes  -220 

Messi's free-kick goal during the final 

Yes  +200 

Messi named the Man of the Match 

Yes  -165 


"The fervor around Messi's inaugural final with Inter Miami was palpable. The betting patterns mirror the elation and the unshakeable faith supporters harbor in his game-changing abilities," elucidated Williams. He further highlighted, "His incredible goal from outside the box in the final was a testament to his unmatched caliber." 


The Unbeaten Streak: 

Team Predicted to End Messi's Unbeaten Run with Inter Miami 

Cincinnati FC (US Open Cup)  +150 

New York Red Bulls (MLS Game)  +600 

Nashville SC (MLS Game)  +350 

Williams observed, "The unbeaten streak prop emphasizes Messi's transformative touch to Inter Miami's fate. The recent face-off with Nashville was intriguing, as they showcased their ability to challenge Messi's squad, especially with their commanding presence during Saturday's game." 


Messi vs. Ronaldo & Beyond: 

Messi to surpass Ronaldo in total goals by end of 2023 

Yes  +150 

Messi to break his record of 91 goals in 2023 

Yes  +4000 

Messi's jersey to dominate MLS sales within a month 

Yes  -1000 


Williams elaborated, "The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry consistently sparks debates and wagers. The prevailing narrative in our circles centers on Messi's potential to eclipse Ronaldo's goal tally by year's end. Equally telling is the jersey sales prop, underscoring his vast influence beyond just the matches." 


The fastest growing sport amongst American sports bettors 


Williams says his company is witnessing explosive growth in betting on MLS, and believes it is driven in large part by the past acquisition of international superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry, and Kaka, just to name a few, and recent incorporations like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba. “We are seeing a nearly 50 percent year-on-year growth in betting on MLS. That is really without precedent in our business and makes us extremely excited for the future of the sport in the United States.” 


BetUS says it is committed to remaining at the forefront of the demand for MLS wagering options, having recently unveiled the largest betting market of Lionel Messi prop bets available anywhere.  


Some of the more notable prop bets are: 


How many times will Lionel Messi be named MLS Player of the Week during the remaining matches? 

Over 3½ Times (-165) / Under 3½ Times (+120) 


At what minute range will Lionel Messi have his first direct involvement (goal/assist) in his debut? (US Open Cup) 

0-15 Minutes (+700) / 16-30 Minutes 


Will Lionel Messi be named the Man of the Match in his US Open Cup debut? 

Yes (-165) / No (+120) 


If Inter Miami is awarded a penalty during Lionel Messi's debut, will he be the one to take it? 

Yes (-200) / No (+150) 


Will Lionel Messi score or assist in his MLS debut against New York Red Bulls? 

Yes (-220) / No (+155) 


Will the official brand Adidas run out of jerseys before or after Thanksgiving? 

Before Thanksgiving (-190)  / After Thanksgiving (+140)  


Will Messi break his record of 91 goals in a calendar year in 2024? 

Yes (+1400) 


Will Lionel Messi be seen with another major sports or entertainment celebrity in Miami in August 2023? 

Yes (-150) / No (+110) 


Will Lionel Messi post a video or image of him attending an English class in Miami in August? 

Yes (+425) / No (-800) 

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