8th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) Lionel Messi and Inter Miami are set to make their way to Hong Kong for an exciting pre-season friendly match. The announcement was made on Thursday, unveiling plans for the match to take place on 4th February 2024 as part of Inter Miami’s inaugural international tour ahead of the 2024 Major League Soccer season.
The highly anticipated match will see Lionel Messi and his teammates from Inter Miami go head-to-head against a team comprised of top players from the Hong Kong First Division league. The clash between these talented squads promises to be a thrilling encounter for football fans in Hong Kong.
David Beckham, co-owner of Inter Miami, expressed his enthusiasm for bringing the team to Hong Kong, stating, “Hong Kong is a beautiful city with a great sports scene. Throughout my career, I have spent a lot of time in Asia, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring Inter Miami to play our first international tour match in this fantastic city.”
The match will take place at the impressive Hong Kong Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 40,000 spectators. This iconic venue has hosted numerous sporting events, and it will provide an electric atmosphere for the clash between Inter Miami and the Hong Kong team.
This friendly match in Hong Kong is part of Inter Miami’s broader pre-season preparations, which include a match in El Salvador on January 19. While the team had initially planned to play in China last month, those arrangements unfortunately fell through. However, Inter Miami has promised to announce additional pre-season matches and destinations in the coming weeks, further exciting their fans around the world.
Inter Miami’s decision to embark on their first-ever international tour reflects their ambition to become a global club. Jorge Mas, Inter Miami CF Managing Owner, expressed his excitement about visiting Hong Kong and Asia for the first time, stating, “From the very beginning, we set out to be a global club at Inter Miami. This is a wonderful opportunity to do just that; we hope to enthuse and inspire new Inter Miami fans in Hong Kong and across Asia who share our passion for football.”
The presence of Lionel Messi, an eight-time Ballon d’Or winner, adds an extra layer of excitement to the match. Alongside Messi, prominent Inter Miami players such as Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are expected to join the team for this special occasion. Their involvement will undoubtedly raise the profile of the match and attract even more attention from football enthusiasts.