FORMER Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis was a loser when he came face to face with world superstar Lionel Messi last night.

The ex-Barcelona star hammered in two first-half goals as his new club Inter Miami romped to a 4-0 victory over Atlanta United in Fort Lauderdale to advance to the knock-out stage of the League Cup.

It was an evening to forget for the Greek frontman, who quit the Hoops for the MLS outfit in February, as he was replaced in the 65th minute by substitute Miguel Berry, according to a report in Sky Sports.

HEAVEN’S ABOVE…Lionel Messi celebrates the first of his double for new club Inter Miami against Atlanta United.

Messi, who came off the bench to make his debut and score a stoppage-time winner for David Beckham’s side against Cruz Azul on Friday evening, opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he snapped onto a pass from his one-time Barca team-mate Sergio Busquets to fire a shot against the woodwork before converting the rebound.

The 36-year-old Argentinian World Cup-winning captain doubled his team’s advantage when he converted a cross from Robert Taylor in the 22nd minute.

The provider then turned goalscorer when he claimed two as the home side coasted to a win that placed them on top of their group in the tournament which is a World Cup-style competition featuring all teams from MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX.

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