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Messi Effect: 1,000% increase in ticket prices to attend the Inter Miami match

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Ticket prices for Inter Miami matches skyrocketed within hours of the announcement of Lionel Messi’s arrival. The price of the cheapest tickets available on the secondary market jumped more than 1,000% in Messi’s first outing for the club.

For Inter Miami’s next League Cup match* against Cruz Azul Football Club (Liga MX) on July 21, which could be the first game in Lionel Messi In his new jersey, the cheapest ticket is It went from $29 to $459And According to TickPick. As for the price of tickets for Messi’s first home game in MLS (Inter Miami vs. New York Red Bulls on August 26), he went from From $30 to $512according to TickPick.

Ticket prices for Inter Miami’s match against defending champions Los Angeles FC on September 3 have also gone up $81 for the cheapest ticket at $599. The lowest price for this match on TicketiQ is even higher: $684be one 686% increase Compared to the beginning of the season ($ 87). In addition, ticket prices for Inter Miami’s away game against Charlotte jumped 748%. From $42 to $356.

The average ticket price for Miami home games has also increased from $152 early season to $935an increase of 515%, according to TicketiQ.

A total of 14,522 people searched for tickets to the Inter Miami game on StubHub within an hour of the announcement of Messi’s MLS arrival. The cheapest ticket available on StubHub for the League Cup match against Cruz Azul Fútbol Club costs $373, while on SeatGeek the ticket costs $334.

according to ForbesMessi won $130 million Last year, he split evenly between his athletic income and his multiple lucrative non-sports contracts, making him the second-highest-paid athlete in the world, behind his longtime rival. Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Wednesday, June 7, Lionel Messi confirmed his joining Inter Miami, saying that he had chosen this destination “not for the sake of money,” although he made it clear that the exact terms of the agreement had not yet been finalized. Messi said Mundo Deportivo that if he had made his decision based on money, he would have accepted an offer to play in Saudi Arabia “or elsewhere,” adding that he wanted to return to Barcelona, ​​but He does not want to leave his future “in someone else’s hands.”.

For months, speculation has spread about the future of Messi, the world champion with Argentina and the ten-time La Liga champion with Barcelona. Last month, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) issued Messi a two-week ban after he took a promotional trip to Saudi Arabia without notifying the club. The Argentine then apologized, explaining that he believed he had a day off and could not cancel his planned trip to Saudi Arabia, where he is officially the “tourism ambassador”. It was also rumored that Messi would return to Barcelona, ​​where he played his first 17 seasons before joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, and his father Jorge Messiwho serves as manager, met with team officials this week.

*Editor’s note: The League Cup is a North American soccer competition jointly organized by MLS and Liga MX.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Brian Bouchard

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