Lionel Messi will have his first start with Inter Miami on July 21st according to reports. The Argentinian superstar joining the Florida-based team has resulted in record-breaking ticket sales, with ticket prices reaching 1000% more if their original value. Almost all upcoming games are already sold out.
Delighted Inter Miami fans are eager to see the best soccer player in the world put on their team’s shirt and walk out on the pitch in DRV PNK Stadium against Cruz Azol.
Messi reportedly turned down a huge sum to play in the Middle East, stating ”I made the decision that I am going to Miami”.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas told reporters “the one seminal moment” in the history of soccer in the US, according to the Miami Herald.
“I think there will always be a before and after Messi when we talk about the sport in the United States. I have a very, very strongly held belief that we can create in North America and the United States if not the greatest league, one of the top two leagues in the world,” Mas said. “I cannot overemphasize the magnitude of this announcement.
“Having the world’s greatest player here is something that is significant for our league, and for the football ecosystem in the United States … Lionel Messi is coming to this country to win cups and make a difference. I think it’s incumbent upon myself and my partners in the league, the other owners, to seize the moment.”
Bringing in the Bucks
Messi has not yet played a single second for Inter Miami but they are already seeing the expected cash windfall that the 7-time player of the year will bring. With the team’s social media following increasing significantly, a boost in merchandise sales, and sold-out tickets, it’s looking like a worthwhile investment.
Inter Miami’s ticket price for their match against Mexico’s Cruz Azol was $29, but after it was announced Messi will be joining the club, ticket prices shot up to over 300 bucks.
Sports betting in the US is also expected to benefit greatly with the arrival of Messi expected to create a surge in betting on the Miami team.
Not only will Inter Miami benefit from boosting audiences, but the teams they will be playing are also expected to have sold-out crowds. With soccer fans eager to watch Messi in action.