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Messi fever grips America! Crazy fans travel to Dallas by caravan for the Inter Miami clash

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They will attend the game between the two teams

The frenzy ignited by Lionel Messi in the United States is an undeniable reality.

Beyond revolutionizing the sports realm, he has also reshaped the commercial landscape.

With Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami, prices have soared, and the cost of a men’s Messi jersey stands at $194.99 (178 euros).

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To draw a comparison, jerseys of any Barcelona player are priced at 155 euros.

In the official Real Madrid store, a player’s jersey bearing his name and number is priced at 150 euros.

Another striking example is Inter Miami‘s first match against Mexican team Cruz Azul, which shattered records by attracting 12.5 million viewers in the United States, marking the most-watched soccer match in U.S. television history.

This extraordinary frenzy has also prompted Messi’s admirers to embark on a 2,000-kilometer journey to witness his debut away game with Inter Miami in Dallas.

After nearly 24 hours of travel, a contingent of 28 Messias 305 supporters realized their aspiration and embarked on the road trip to Dallas.

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“Twenty-eight of us are traveling by land, while the rest are flying, and we’ll convene there,” Julio Iglesias, a founding member of Messias 305, told Infobae.

An exciting trip to Dallas

To enhance the journey, the group indulged in songs, shared meals, engaged in mate sessions and lengthy conversations, took naps, enjoyed cumbia music, marveled at picturesque landscapes, and eagerly monitored every Messi step.

The drivers took turns, halting every two hours for breaks. Upon reaching Dallas, their plan entails exploring the city as a group, passionately supporting Messi adorned in the Inter Miami jersey at Toyota Stadium against FC Dallas.

Once the match concludes, they will promptly embark on the return journey to Miami.

-Marca

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Luis Suarez Ready To Hang Boots –

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Inter Miami will be the last club Luis Suarez plays for, the Uruguay striker said on Thursday.

Suarez, 37, signed a contract with the Major League Soccer side last year for the 2024 season after a stint with Brazilian club Gremio.

He reunited with former Barcelona team mates Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, with whom he won four LaLiga titles in five years in Spain.

“Inter Miami will be my last club, my family already know that. I don’t have a date yet, but it’s the last step,” Suarez said in an interview with Uruguayan radio station Del Sol.

“I’m ready for this last challenge, but there is an inevitable fatigue and, in the end, I want to have quality of life in the future,” he added.

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Suarez, who also played for clubs including Ajax Amsterdam, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, has won 138 caps for Uruguay since 2007.

Inter Miami kick off their MLS campaign against Real Salt Lake on Feb. 21.

-Reuters

 

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Messi-less Miami lose U.S. Open Cup final to Houston

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Lionel Messi #10 of Inter Miami watches from the stands against the Houston Dynamo during the 2023 U.S. Open Cup Final at DRV PNK Stadium on September 27, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo: AFP

The Houston Dynamo defeated Inter Miami 2-1 to win the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday with an injured Lionel Messi watching from the stands at DRV PNK Stadium.

Without Messi and his former Barcelona team-mate Jordi Alba, Miami struggled to compete with an enterprising Houston and went in 2-0 down at the break.

Houston grabbed the lead in the 24th minute with a perfect counter-attack ending with Brazilian Artur feeding the overlapping Griffin Dorsey who blasted in at the near post.

French forward Amine Bassi doubled the lead from the penalty spot nine minutes later after DeAndre Yedlin had brought down Nelson Quinones.

Houston thought that they had scored a third after the break but Quinones’ effort was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

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Substitute Josef Martinez gave Miami some late hope with a left-foot strike in stoppage time after latching on to a ball from Argentine Facundo Farias.

But despite some late pressure, it was too little, too late from Miami and Houston deservedly won their second U.S. Open Cup to add to their triumph in 2018.

Miami had won the Leagues Cup last month with Messi prominently involved but they must now battle to make the Major League Soccer play-offs with uncertainty over their Argentine star’s fitness.

-AFP

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Inter Miami to wait until ‘last moment’ to decide on Messi fitness for Cup final

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Inter Miami will wait until the “last moment” to see if Lionel Messi is fit to play in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo, coach Gerardo Martino said.

Messi was substituted in Inter’s league match against Toronto FC before halftime with an unspecified injury, and missed Sunday’s clash against rivals Orlando City.

The Argentina captain is a doubt for the U.S. Open Cup final when his team will aim to claim their second title after winning the Leagues Cup last month.

“We are going to wait for Leo until tomorrow, until the last moment,” Martino told a news conference on Tuesday. “I’m going to sit down with him, see what his feelings are (…) We’ll probably come to an agreement tomorrow.

“There are three issues here: there is the player, then the final, and then what comes next. We have to try to make the decision, there are always risks, but we have to reduce them.”

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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 12 games for Inter Miami since his arrival from Paris St Germain in July.

The Miami side are yet to lose with Messi on the pitch and Martino said he would not consider playing the 36-year-old if it were not a cup final.

“It’s 90 or 120 minutes that stand between you and a title,” said the Argentine boss. “It’s logical. If it was any other kind of game we wouldn’t take any risks.”

-Reuters

 

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