In response to jeers from Inter Miami supporters during a friendly in Hong Kong, where he was benched and did not play, Lionel Messi responded to criticism.
The fans was disappointed despite Inter Miami’s 4-1 triumph over a Hong Kong team; they chanted “Where is Messi?” and showed their displeasure during the trophy presentation.
Messi was supposed to play for 45 minutes, according to Kevin Yeung, the secretary for culture, sports, and tourism in Hong Kong, who confirmed Messi’s absence.
Messi responded to the predicament by saying that he wanted to play, especially in away games when supporters are excited about their team’s performance.
“Sadly, this occurs in football,” he said. It can happen in any game that you are unable to play. I’m hoping we can get back together.
and engage in some gaming in Hong Kong.”
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[figure] Lionel Messi – Getty picture
While Messi remained on the bench, even the Inter Miami replacements were jeered as they came onto the field.
Before playing their first MLS game at home against Real Salt Lake, Inter Miami plays their final preseason game against Messi’s boyhood team, Newell’s Old Boys.
Messi, who finished his rookie season with 11 goals in 14 games, was a key component of Inter Miami’s Leagues Cup victory, which was their first-ever trophy win.