Messi’s mania kicks into high gear Friday night at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

FORT LAUDERDALE – Excitement builds as football legend Lionel Messi is set to make his Inter Miami debut Friday night at DRV PNK Stadium.

Messi, along with fellow Inter Miami newcomer Sergio Busquets, will take the field against Cruz Azul in the League Cup. It is not known if they will start or how long they will play.

The League Cup is a new North American football tournament in which MLS and LIGA MX will suspend their league seasons from July 21 to August 19 to determine the three clubs that will qualify for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup. All 47 First Division clubs from Canada, Mexico and the United States will take part in the official World Cup-style Concacafe tournament.

Some Inter Miami players said they were a bit taken aback when Messi showed up for practice.

“You know, you watch him on TV and you know I say the same thing as he did, but you know, that’s why he’s the GOAT, that’s why he’s considered the greatest of all time, because he does things that people just can’t explain,” Inter Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin said.

Inter Miami said tickets for Friday night’s game are sold out, but there are still a few tickets at face value. There are many tickets on the resale market starting at $170 excluding fees.

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