(VIDEO) He didn’t play with Inter Miami but Messi demonstrates his compromise, what he did that excited the fans

Lionel Messi stayed in Miami while the Inter Miami team traveled to Canada for an MLS match this past weekend.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Lionel Messi shouts while wearing an Inter Miami jersey and the Inter Miami badge is in the middle.
Lionel Messi shouts while wearing an Inter Miami jersey and the Inter Miami badge is in the middle.
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Lionel Messi caused controversy over the weekend as he didn’t travel with the rest of the Inter Miami team to the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada. The trip was the longest distance an MLS team has traveled for a game this season, as Vancouver is on the west side of Canada while Miami is on the bottom right of the United States. Messi was not injured, and he opted out of the squad to rest and prepare for the next games this upcoming week. Inter Miami fans hope to see that Messi is not just fully relaxing in Miami. A video shows Messi dedicated to Inter Miami. He was seen training alone in the training facilities while awaiting his teammates to return from Canada. Messi is preparing himself for the next two home games and getting himself fit as the Copa America gets closer.

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Inter Miami has just defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 at BC Place without Messi, Luis Suarez, and Sergio Busquets. Robert Taylor and Leondardo Campana scored the goals for Inter Miami, and Jordi Alba grabbed an assist in the match. The stadium was sold out as over 51,000 fans were in attendance, but they were disappointed not to see Messi there. The fans in the stadium even chanted, “Where is Messi?” during the game.

Inter Miami will play two home games at the Chase Stadium this week, and it will be Messi’s last game for Inter Miami before he goes to the Argentina national team for the Copa America 2024. Inter Miami will play Atlanta United on Wednesday, and then on Saturday, the team will take on St. Louis City. Inter Miami is still first in the Eastern Conference with 34 points after 16 games played.

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Messi and Argentina’s journey to the Copa America

Messi will join the Argentina national team camp after the Inter Miami vs St. Louis City match this Saturday. Argentina will play against Ecuador on June 9th and then against Guatemala on June 14 as their two friendlies in preparation for Copa America. Argentina will play the opening match of the Copa America as they take on Canada on June 20th. Then, they will face Chile and Peru in the rest of the group stage games.

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