Lionel Messi, the soccer legend, is feeling a bit bummed out. He missed out on playing in a friendly match in Hong Kong, and he’s not too happy about it.
The Missed Match
Messi, who’s currently rocking it with Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami, had to sit out of the game against a Hong Kong XI team. Fans were pretty disappointed when they didn’t see him hit the field. But Messi wants everyone to know that it wasn’t by choice—he was dealing with an injury and couldn’t play.
Regrets and Apologies
Talking to reporters later on, Messi expressed his regret over missing the game. He loves getting out there and playing, especially when it’s for fans who are so excited to see him in action. He wished he could’ve been on the pitch, giving it his all.
The game in Hong Kong was a big deal. A whopping 40,000 fans showed up, hoping to catch a glimpse of Messi doing his thing. But when he didn’t play, things got a bit tense. Fans booed and called for refunds, and even the Hong Kong government wasn’t too pleased about it.
Messi’s coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, later explained that both Messi and his former teammate Luis Suárez stayed on the bench on doctor’s orders. It wasn’t an easy decision, but they had to listen to the medical staff’s advice.
Now, Inter Miami is off to Tokyo for the next leg of their preseason tour. They’ll be facing off against Vissel Kobe, a Japanese team, on Wednesday. Messi’s feeling better and hoping he’ll be able to play in this one. Fingers crossed!
A Message from Messi
Messi understands why fans were upset about him missing the Hong Kong match. But he’s hopeful that Miami will get another chance to play there in the future. As for the upcoming game against Vissel Kobe, Messi’s still not sure if he’ll be hitting the field. But he’s feeling optimistic and really wants to get back out there.
So, there you have it—Messi’s disappointed about missing the Hong Kong game, but he’s looking forward to getting back in action soon. Let’s hope we see him tearing up the field again real soon!