The Argentine star Lionel Messi took a flight this morning to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabiato continue preseason with the squad Inter Miami with a view to the start of the official competition in February.
The “Las Garzas” delegation, under the command of the Argentine technical director Gerardo “Tata” Martinois also composed with his former teammates Barcelona: the defender Jordi Albathe midfielder Sergio Busquets and the forward Luis Suarez.
Inter Miami will play in Saudi Arabia a friendly before him Al Hilal of Neymar -absent due to injury-, next Monday and another with the Al-Nasrr of Cristiano Ronaldoscheduled for Thursday, February 1.
The Portuguese’s presence in that game is in doubt due to an injury that forced the Asian club to postpone two preparation commitments in Chinawhich was scheduled between yesterday and this Sunday.
If he recovers in time, the Argentine star and the Portuguese will reissue the old crosses in the Spanish soccer classic, one as a soccer player from Barcelona and the other with the shirt real Madridin what is probably the last clash between the two for the Riyadh Season Cup at the Kingdom Arena.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (38 years old) have a history of 35 confrontations throughout their careers, with a favorable balance for the Argentine, who won 16 times, lost 10 and tied 9.
After Saudi Arabia, Messi will travel to Hong Kong
End of stay in Arabia, Inter Miami will fly to Hong Kong to play on February 4 against a team made up of the stars of the local league and three days later they will travel to Japanwhere he scored a friendly with Vissel Kobewhich will have the Spanish as a guest Andres Iniestafriend and former teammate of Leo in Barcelona.
Inter Miami He returned to work on January 13 and already played two friendlies in which he could not win. The first was a goalless draw against the team of The Savior in San Salvador and the second, defeat with Dallas FC at the Cotton Bowl stadium in that Texas city.
Messi36 years old, who had not played since November 21 of last year, added time in The Savior and then 65 minutes in the second friendly.
The group of footballers who Inter Miami will be available in Saudi Arabia is the following: Drake Callender, CJ Dos Santos, Cole Jensen (archers); Jordi Alba, Noah Allen, Tomás Avilés, Israel Boatwright, Nicolás Freire, Tyler Hall, Sergii Kryvtsov, Christopher McVey, Ryan Sailor and DeAndre Yedlin (defenders).
Yannick Bright, Sergio Busquets, Gregore, Julian Gressel, Robbie Robinson, David Ruiz, Lawson Sunderland, Robert Taylor (midfielders); Shanyder Borgelin, Leonardo Campana, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (fronts).
Inter Miami’s long-awaited friendly against Newell’s
The preseason of Inter Miami will end up at home, February 15when facing Newell’s Old Boys of rosary beads in it DRV PNK Stadiumin a match without a doubt special for Messi and Martino.
On the 10th of the argentine national team He never played against the club of his loves, while “Tata” faced him as coach of Columbus of Santa Fe in 2005.
Finally, on February 21 the official season will begin with the start of the MLS and “Las Garzas” will be in charge of the opening game against Royal Salt Lakelocally.
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