The holiday is over for Lionel Messi and his family. This Saturday, before midnight, Rosario stars with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo And his children Thiago, Matteo and CiroThey boarded a plane that took them from Islas Malvinas International Airport in Rosario to the United States.
After spending the Christmas and New Year holidays – he arrived on December 17 – the Argentine national team captain began his return to American soil for what will be the 2024 season with the team. Inter Miami. The historic number 10 spent a fair number of vacation days with his family in Argentina and also participated in a central year-end event such as Carla Roccuzzo's weddingAntonella's younger sister.
After their arrival in the country, Messi's vacations were characterized by a distance from the limelight and a reserve of their privacy protected by the walls of KFC, the exclusive neighborhood in the town of Funes where they enjoyed the first days of summer in Argentina. There, Leo, along with his wife, children and relatives, welcomed the arrival of 2024.
Once he lands in Miami, the former Barcelona player will make himself available Heron. The team, led by Tata Martino, will begin the pre-season next Tuesday, January 9 And just 10 days later, they will have their first match ahead of what will be a long season with different competition scenarios for an MLS franchise.
The calendar shows that The first friendly preparatory match will be held next January 19 against the El Salvador national teamAt Cuscatlan Stadium in the Central American country. Immediately afterwards, the team, which includes David Beckham as one of its owners, will embark on a tour of Saudi Arabia that will have the duel that the football world expects.
The first match in Inter Miami's visit to Arab lands will be against… Crescent moon Monday 29 January. The match against the team that includes Neymar – the Brazilian is injured and will not play again until after the Copa America – will be played in Brazil. Kingdom Arena Stadium, Riyadh. after three days, On Thursday, February 1, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will meet againas Garzas' team will play against Victory In the same building.
After the end of its stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Pink Team will return on the plane to play two additional friendly matches: the first will be on the fourth Sunday of the second month of the year against the Saudi national team. Selected from Hong Kong in it Hong Kong Stadium. 72 hours on the field Tokyo NationalIn Japan, Inter Miami will play against Vissel Kobe (February 7), the team that knew how to have Andres Iniesta, Leo's former Barcelona teammate, as his number one personality until last season.
Finally, on February 15, there will be a very special visit to… DRVBNK Stadiumin Miami. Newell'sThe club where Messi took his first steps as a footballer and where Tata Martino shone as a footballer and coach will be the rival in the city in the eastern United States.
When will the MLS premiere be? The scheduled start date for the tournament is 02/21. As Miami locals, Messi's team will get… Royal Salt Lake On his field. With the arrival of Luis Suarez, as well as Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, Inter's ultimate goal will be to fight for the top soccer title in the United States as well as other domestic competitions and the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition that gives a ticket to the Club World Cup.
With the Argentine national team, Messi will have two pivotal moments this year. In March, the team led by Lionel Scaloni will play two friendly matches in the FIFA window. A few months later, between June and July, Argentina will be one of the favorites to win the Copa America title, which will be held in the United States.