Miami, September 6th. – (Adnkronos) – Messi-mania is spreading in the USA. Ever since the 36-year-old champion from Rosaio arrived in the MLS at Inter Miami, the United States has been filled with incredible enthusiasm. When news of his landing in Florida became known, many fans flocked to Inter Miami’s physical or online stores to buy a flea shirt, Miami’s streets were colorful and filled with fans welcoming him, club and league social media accounts were taken by storm. And then there was a presentation at a small stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the home of his new club: 20,000 seats at the Inter Miami stadium were filled, and almost all the spectators in the stands were dressed in pink Florida jerseys with the iconic number. 10.
Great performances and consecutive goals by Messi, eleven in nine games, only fueled the enthusiasm around him: many in all corners of the country began to wonder if and how it was possible to watch Inter Miami play live. .
In that sense, the data is telling: Since his debut on the pitch with Inter Miami on July 20, average MLS attendance has already risen by 2,000 spectators compared to last year, from 20,000 to 22,000, as well as the total number of spectators in US stadiums. increased from 7 to 9 million. Finding a ticket for Inter Miami matches, home or away, has become almost impossible, especially at affordable prices. On his debut against the New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, the cheapest ticket sold was $427; for the last game against Los Angeles, the cheapest coupon was sold for $637.
There were also many celebrities among the audience in Miami, as well as in the US, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who took the opportunity to see the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker live. Other VIPs include actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Owen Wilson and Gerard Butler. They were also joined by musicians Liam Gallagher, Selena Gomez, Tyga, BReal and Nas. There are also many sports stars like LeBron James, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, James Harden, Magic Johnson, Julio Urias.
When the stakes are so high, the fans inevitably demand that Messi play in the starting lineup. In New York, fans protested until Inter Miami coach Tata Martino brought his star player onto the pitch, who had originally played on the bench. Fans chanted and chanted for Messi to take the field, and Martino complied – in the second half – despite his team already leading by two goals. But this was not the only distortion: the fans watching Inter Miami are even ready to leave the stadium at the moment Messi leaves the field. It was during Inter Miami’s 3-0 win against Atalanta United that most of the Fort Lauderdale spectators left the stands in the 77th minute when Martino decided to issue his number 10.
Since every medal has a downside, Messomania can also be a problem for Inter Miami, who are essentially still a football team and therefore bound to deliver results, a goal that also includes keeping the most important player they have There is. The fact that Martino always has to field the 36-year-old Messi for marketing and business reasons has already caused concern in the coaching staff, with the Argentine coach himself saying that “this situation risks making me make the wrong choice.” : I understand the rest of the world’s expectations of Leo, but as a coach I can’t go it alone.”