Lionel Messi was removed from the 2023 MLS Best XI.

Unexpectedly, Lionel Messi is left off of the Major League Soccer (MLS) "Best XI" for 2023.  

This is a startling omission considering Messi is a member of Inter Miami. 

The "MLS Best XI" was revealed by the MLS official X account in a group chat with MVP Lucho Acosta and other notable players like Hany Mukhtar and Hector Herrera. The Argentine icon Messi, though, 

was noticeably missing from the starting lineup despite his contribution to the league's increased international recognition. 

Messi's arrival at Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham, earlier in the season generated a lot of interest in the Major League Soccer, 

but his exclusion from the Best XI wasn't shocking. 

His participation in only six regular season games means ,

that his exclusion from the starting lineup is consistent with performance-based standards, according to GEO.

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