Messi, Inter Miami kick off preseason at sold-out Cuscatlán Stadium in El Salvador


MIAMI – The views and appears informed the tale Friday night in San Salvador, as Inter Miami CF handled El Salvador’s nationwide group to start its 2024 preseason.

For weeks, there had actually been unmatched buzz regarding the suit and the truth that Lionel Messi, taken into consideration by lots of to be the very best gamer in the background of the sporting activity, would certainly play.

Thousands of regional followers, a number of whom put on Messi jackets, invited each Miami gamer as they required to the area of a sold-out Cuscatlán Stadium.

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – JANUARY 19: Former Salvadoran gamer Jorge’M Ã ¡ gico’ Gonzalez kicks the sphere while observed by Lionel Messi of Inter Miami FC prior a pleasant suit in between El Salvador and Inter Miami at Cuscatlan Stadium on January 19, 2024 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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One of the highlights of the night for football fans around the globe needed to be when El Salvador’s very own, famous Jorge Alberto “El Mágico” González required to the area to do the preliminary kick-off as component of the pre-game event.

El Mágico, whom Argentinian football tale Diego Armando Maradona called among the very best gamers he had actually ever before seen, “Bigger than Pelé and myself,” was consulted with deafening joys, specifically when none besides Messi detected him and came to welcome him.

Earlier, numerous followers invited Inter Miami to their resort, as gamers tipped off contemporary buses repainted in Inter Miami shades that took the team from the airport terminal to their resort.

El Salvador actually rolled out the red rug for the Miami side. As gamers tipped off the airplane, upon arrival, they were consulted with a red rug typically booked for presidents or very important people of note.

Messi began the video game with previous Barcelona colleagues Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba that played a complete 45 mins.

At the begin of the 2nd fifty percent, Inter Miami head train Gerardo “Tata” Martino generated belows Facundo Farías, Leonardo Campana, Chris McVey and David Ruiz, changing Messi, Suarez, Busquets, and Alba.

The video game would certainly finish in a scoreless draw.

Cuzclatán Stadium can stand up to 53,400 viewers and they were dealt with to an amusing suit that saw lots of objective possibilities for both sides.

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SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – JANUARY 19: Fans welcome the Miami FC gamers with Lionel Messi getting here on a bus outside the Real Intercontinental Hotel on January 19, 2024 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Tickets for the much-anticipated suit varied from $200 to $475, though rates most likely went with far more with third-party suppliers.

In all, Inter Miami CF is arranged to play 6 various other preseason suits. Messi is arranged to clash versus his veteran Spanish League competitor, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) when they deal with in Saudi Arabia on February 1st.

Inter Miami will certainly additionally hold Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys on February 15. Prior to Messi signed up with Barcelona, he remained in the Rosario-based club young people rankings. With the years, Messi has actually claimed that there is an unique area in his heart for his boyhood club.

Here is the remainder of their pre-season routine:

Jan. 22 (6 pm ET) Inter Miami vs. FC Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
Jan. 29 (1 pm ET) Inter Miami vs. Al Hilal SFC Kingdom Arena (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Feb. 1 (1 pm ET) Inter Miami vs. Al Nassr FC Kingdom Arena (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Feb. 4 (time TBA) Inter Miami vs. Hong Kong Team Hong Kong Stadium (Hong Kong)
Feb. 7 (time TBA) Inter Miami vs. Vissel Kobe Japan National Stadium (Tokyo, Japan)
Feb. 15 (time TBA) Inter Miami vs. Newell’s Old Boys DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale)

Messi won his 8th Ballon d’Or in 2014 in Paris after captaining Argentina’s successful World Cup project on December 18, 2022, the greatest title of Inter Miami’s captain to day.

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