Why did Lionel Messi not play for Inter Miami vs New York City in MLS

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was removed from the roster for a game against New York City FC

This marked the third consecutive game he has been absent for Miami

The team keeps saying he might play, and then he doesn’t play

The trend continued on Saturday as the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was excluded against New York City FC

Messi suffers from a undisclosed leg injury, and Inter Miami hasn't disclosed its severity

The 36-year-old superstar has been absent for four of Inter Miami's last five matches

He played only a 37-minute role against Toronto on September 20, the sole exception in that period

Following Saturday's game, the team will have just four MLS matches left in the season

Numerous fans on social media expressed outrage in response to the team's posts due to Messi's undisclosed status