Lionel Messi’s arrival at the Inter Miami training session in Hong Kong was met with thunderous applause from thousands of enthusiastic fans.
In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of football aficionados crowded the streets, eagerly anticipating a glimpse of Lionel Messi as he trained with his Inter Miami teammates ahead of a highly anticipated match against Hong Kong Select XI on Sunday.
To manage the massive crowds, the police closed off roads surrounding the Hong Kong Stadium as fans clamored to catch sight of the Argentine superstar, widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation.
Hours before the training session began, dedicated supporters formed long queues outside the 40,000-seat venue, chanting Messi’s name in unison. The excitement reached its peak as Inter Miami, co-owned by football icon David Beckham, took to the pitch, greeted by thunderous cheers from the nearly packed stadium.
The decibel levels soared even higher when the 36-year-old Messi emerged onto the field, drawing an electrifying ovation from the spectators. Despite nursing a hamstring injury, the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner participated in a gentle workout, engaging in stretches. Later, he joined a group of fortunate Hong Kong schoolchildren for a kickabout during a coaching clinic, adding a touch of joy to the memorable event.