Inter Miami CF’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half during the 2023 Leagues Cup semifinal match between Inter Miami CF and Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on August 15, 2023 in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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HONG KONG – Soccer fans in Hong Kong will be able to see the world’s best player Lionel Messi in action next year when David Beckham’s Inter Miami plays the Hong Kong team in February.

The highly anticipated game is scheduled for February 4th at the Hong Kong Stadium.

During their visit, the team will hold an open training session – and half of those tickets will be reserved for public relations. This is the team’s first international tour.

Beckham, co-owner and president of the American club, sealed the deal to bring the team to Hong Kong when he visited the city last week.

Messi, widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, was last in Hong Kong in 2014 when Argentina played the city’s national team.

The Argentina captain completed the string of major football honors after leading his country to the World Cup title last year, followed by his US club’s prompt win of the League Cup in August. In addition to Messi, the all-star squad also includes teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

Luxury and lifestyle media company Tatler Asia will host Inter Miami in Hong Kong after signing a three-year deal with the team. The plan is to hold a sports and lifestyle event that will compete with the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.

Between the open training session and the exhibition game, about 80,000 people will be able to watch the game, Michel Lamunière, chairman of Tatler Asia, told CNBC. He predicted that about 50% of people would come from Hong Kong, 30% from mainland China and the rest from the rest of Asia.

Lamunière expects the event to provide a boost to Hong Kong’s economy.

“This event is not just a football game – we see the event.” [becoming] the equivalent of Formula 1 taking place in Singapore, but in Hong Kong.”

“In addition to the football match, there will be numerous festivities across the city, from F&B festivals to music and retail,” he said, adding that Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong party district will be colored pink to match the team’s colors.

Tickets for the friendly match will be available from December 15 and are priced between HK$880 and HK$4,880 (approximately US$112 to US$624). They are sold exclusively through Hong Kong-based e-commerce travel app Klook.

Source : www.cnbc.com

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