Inter Miami owner eyes Barcelona match for Messi fan tribute

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Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas has said he is open to his team playing a game in Barcelona to bid farewell to Lionel Messi.

Since Messi left Barca as a free agent for Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021, there has been talk of a tribute match to honor the Argentina captain.

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“I gave [Messi] My promise is that I will do everything possible in the coming years so that he has the chance to say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona,” Mas said Monday marks.

“Inter will go to Miami [to Barcelona] Or we will have something in common. Messi’s departure from Barcelona was not his choice, he could not say goodbye to his club, which welcomed him as a child and I think the situation was not what Lionel wanted.”

Barca president Joan Laporta previously noted that it would be fitting for Messi’s tribute to coincide with the official opening of the renovated Spotify Camp Nou stadium planned for the 2025-26 campaign.

Meanwhile, the La Liga champions are playing at Montjuic’s Olympic Stadium.

The annual Joan Gamper Trophy, Barca’s traditional curtain-raiser held in August, has also been reported as a possible tribute event for Messi in the past.

Messi considered returning to Barca before joining the MLS side after his contract with PSG expired in June.

The World Cup winner has scored 11 goals in 12 matches this season with Inter Miami, who have not lost a game with him on the pitch.

Messi also guided Inter Miami to their first trophy by winning the League Cup in August.

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“I think everything changed with him,” Masse said of Messi’s impact in MLS. “MLS is another. Whenever we play away from home, the stadiums are packed.

“The reception for Lionel was fantastic. The game in New York, about 30,000 fans and 80% shouting Messi’s name… there were Albiceleste and a pink Inter Miami t-shirt. …It shocked me, I didn’t expect it. “There will be before and after Messi’s arrival in MLS.”

However, Meas said he expected Messi’s arrival to change the game in North America.

“In 2019, I organized a meeting with [Messi’s father and agent] Jorge Messi,” he said. [Inter Miami co-owner] David Beckham and I spent three hours explaining the Miami project to George. I told him: ‘Your son will have the opportunity to create a new legacy because he will be able to change a game in a country,’ and it [opportunity] Rarely given to an athlete.”

Messi could not play Inter Miami’s last three matches due to a leg injury.

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