Fans were excited to watch the World Cup winner at the Hong Kong Stadium. However, they were left heartbroken when the 36-year-old did not play.
The Hong Kong government expressed extreme disappointment and announced they would seek an explanation from the game’s organizers for Messi’s absence. They mentioned that the Major Sports Events Committee would take follow-up action with the organizer, which could include reducing the amount of funding due to Messi not playing.
It was later revealed that Messi was nursing an injury, having suffered a hamstring strain prior to the Al-Nassr game. This news devastated fans and the government suggested that action might be taken against the team.
Even Inter Miami owner David Beckham faced the wrath of the fans, who booed him and chanted ‘refund’ when he addressed them. Despite this, Inter Miami won the game 4-1, with goals from Robert Taylor, Lawson Sunderland, Leonardo Campana, and Ryan Sailor.
After the game, David Beckham expressed gratitude for the welcome and mentioned their love for Hong Kong, promising to entertain them even more in the future. He also thanked the media and everyone in the stadium for their support and noted the inspiration that watching great players can bring to young children.
Inter Miami’s win ended their 12-game losing streak.