Lionel Messi Absent from Inter Miami’s Match in Atlanta to Support Son’s U12 Team

Absent on Saturday for Inter Miami’s trip to Atlanta, to the great regret of local supporters, Lionel Messi took the opportunity to attend a match of his son Thiago with the U12s of his franchise.

End of series for Inter Miami. Since the arrival in mid-July of Lionel Messi, David Beckham’s franchise remained in twelve games without defeat. Traveling to Atlanta this Saturday, Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s team fell (5-2) but the Argentinian was not on the scoresheet. Staying in Florida, the seven-time Golden Ball winner attended a meeting of his eldest son Thiago.

After carrying out individual training, he who suffers from his right hamstring, Lionel Messi encouraged his son. Thiago Messi joined the Inter Miami U12 team and the young player could count on the support this Saturday of his father but also of his brothers Mateo and Ciro. Mate in hand, the ex-PSG player even gave some instructions.

“Where is Messi?”

On the Atlanta side, the absence of Lionel Messi was regretted by local supporters, who hoped to see the star. “Where is Messi?”, for example, could be read on several signs. This phrase was also sung several times by fans. The consequences were also economic with the price of tickets which fell sharply in the hours preceding the meeting.

Tata Martino said Lionel Messi is suffering from “muscle fatigue” and that it was “very unwise” to play him in Atlanta. On September 27, the “Pulga” will try to win a second trophy with his team during the US Open Cup final against Houston.

Messi, 36, did not play in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday, but watched the match from the sidelines. On September 8, the striker scored the Albiceleste’s only goal against Ecuador.

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2023-09-17 09:04:45
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