Hong Kong govt. 'disappointed' at Messi no-show

Inter Miami CF 4-1 Hong Kong League XI (Feb 4, 2024) Game Analysis

Feb 05, 2024 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, who is reportedly struggling with a hamstring injury, was not included in Inter Miami's matchday squad despite head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino telling a news conference on Friday that Messi was "likely" to feature in the game.
  • Spectators chanted "refund," and the Hong Kong government said match organisers Tatler Asia may face a reduction in funding after Messi stayed on the bench during the match.
  • Lionel Messi watched the match from the Inter Miami bench after he was not included in the matchday squad.
  • Inter Miami took full control of the match after Martino introduced Busquets and Alba just after the hour mark, with Sailor scoring the team's fourth goal when his glancing header went in off the post.

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