Indonesian fans are furious, feeling “cheated” because they can’t watch live Lionel Messi dancing with the ball as introduced by the friendly match organizers. However, that only proves one fact: Messi’s influence is too great.
Messi created a fever from the US to Indonesia
Messi proves himself to be a star who can sell tickets as well as singer Taylor Swift. According to Bloomberg, tickets for Messi’s potential debut at Inter Miami cost an average of $2,600. This number does not include additional surcharges on ticketing platform SeatGeek Inc. Meanwhile, tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour cost about $2,625.
Messi joined Inter Miami in a deal worth tens of millions of dollars, making him a top star of the MLS. But so far, it is not known exactly when the owner of the 7 Golden Balls will have a debut for the new team.
Fans guess that the confrontation between Inter Miami and Mexico’s Cruz Azul club is likely to be the milestone to see the Argentine superstar greet the United States. This is also Inter Miami’s first home game after the summer transfer window opens, and Leo could qualify. At this time, the cheapest ticket price for the Inter Miami match against Cruz Azul is also about $ 950.
With Messi, the price of tickets to see Inter Miami skyrocketed. For comparison, tickets to the Columbus Crew match on July 4 cost only $29. Bloomberg said the ticket price to watch Messi play a potential debut match in the new club’s shirt is even more expensive than the 2022 World Cup final. According to Statista, the most expensive ticket price to watch the encounter between Argentina and France in Qatar is only at $1,607.
Of course, there is a main reason why the price of tickets to see Messi play football at Inter Miami is pushed up. That is due to the capacity of the DRV PNK yard in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is quite “modest” with about 18,0000 seats. Meanwhile, the venue for Taylor Swift’s concert is Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, which has a capacity of 68,000 seats.
In February, a fan named Daniel Corzo bought an Inter Miami season ticket for only $ 400. At this point, that number is not even half of the single ticket to watch a match Messi is unlikely to be present. “It’s absurd. The craziest thing is that they spend a ton of money on a match Messi might not even be able to participate in,” said Mr. Corzo.
The fever of watching Messi play spread from the US to Indonesia, a country very passionate about football. 60,000 tickets to see the friendly match between Indonesia and Argentina on June 19 quickly sold out within a few hours after the organizers opened the sale. However, that was when fans did not know that Messi would not go to the Southeast Asian country with the Argentina national team to play a friendly match.
“Messi is a football icon and it can be said that 90% of tickets are sold because of Messi. A marketing strategy of the organizers,” said Surya Wijaya Ang, owner of a clothing store.
Even so, Indonesian fans are said to be infuriated as well as frustrated. The Indonesian national team will play a friendly match with an Argentina without Messi in the squad. Climb on a private plane back to Barcelona to rest after a friendly match with Australia on June 15.
“I feel sad and disappointed, many mixed emotions,” Ang – a “big” fan of Messi during the time when the Argentine superstar wore the Barca shirt – shared.
Mr. Ang collects about 200 shirts with Messi’s name printed on the back. When he heard that Argentina was playing a friendly against Indonesia, this fan planned to take a boat to Ambon city in eastern Indonesia, before catching a four-hour flight to Jakarta to watch the match. Mr. Ang even sold 7 shirts from Messi’s shirt collection to buy a ticket worth $80, a high price in a low-middle-income country.
Indonesian football went through a crisis year with a stadium collapse that killed at least 174 people, and they lost the right to host the U20 World Cup final. Therefore, the fact that the Football Federation of this country invited Argentina to a friendly match is considered a “great spiritual food” to make up for the loss. However, Leo let everyone down.
“It’s the end of me idolizing Messi… We won’t beg Leo to come play,” one fan expressed disappointment on social media. Another offered to sell two tickets to the friendly match between Indonesia and Argentina, while one fan tweeted a guitar ballad with the lyrics: “Why don’t you come to Indonesia? Why don’t you come, Messi? “.
“I have never seen so many Argentina number 10 shirts in my life”
“I really hope Messi gets a small portion of the shirt sales,” Australia coach Graham Arnold joked during a press conference ahead of the friendly against Argentina. “I have never seen so many Argentina number 10 shirts in my life.”
On June 15, the clock struck 19:00 on the Workers’ Stadium (Beijing, China), 68,000 seats were almost filled by the audience. A blue and white stripe (the traditional Argentina shirt – PV) covers the whole field. Below, along the touchline, photojournalists and vloggers jostle to capture their own footage of Messi’s shining moment.
In the stands, the atmosphere is getting more and more exciting. Cheers resounded when Messi was named in the starting line-up. As Leo stepped onto the grass to warm up, a loud roar echoed from the stands. When referee Ma Ning blew the whistle to start the friendly match between Argentina and Australia, a shrill noise resounded. All eyes are on Leo Messi.
After just 80 seconds, Mathew Leckie’s puzzling slip allowed Enzo Fernandez to break forward and pass the ball to Messi, who edged past two defenders with ease before firing his trademark left-footed shot. just hit the opponent’s net. The Workers Stadium burst with emotions. The crowd became more passionate, they joyfully shouted the name of the Argentine superstar.
“I’m so touched! I can’t believe I’m here,” female fan named Xu Xiaotong beamed. “Honestly, I want to burn out because it’s so hot. It feels like suffocation. Recently, I had a fever and the situation calmed down a little bit yesterday. But I was determined to go to the field to meet Messi, even if it wasn’t. have to crawl there.”
The weather in Beijing has been quite hot lately. However, that did not stop fans from coming to the field to watch Messi play. Zhang Jiao, a Chinese female fan, said that Messi has a very strange power, which can help you relieve your mind.
“You may go through very uncomfortable, frustrating or bad times at work, but when you watch Messi play, you will feel that you still have something to love,” said follower Zhang Jiao. Messi over the years, going to Argentina as well as watching all 7 of Leo’s matches at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, told CGTN.
The friendly match between Argentina and Australia in Beijing took place under unfavorable weather conditions. The climate is very hot. However, 3 hours before the time of the ball rolling, a large number of fans lined up outside the Workers’ field in an eager mood.
“You can’t scrutinize the weather on match day,” Lin Xue happily shared as she skillfully applied sunscreen to her skin. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I won’t miss it, rain or shine.”
The lowest ticket price to watch the friendly match between Argentina and Australia is about 80 USD and the highest is about 662 USD. The ticket trading app on the opening day crashed several times. Many people think that the high price will make the audience indifferent to the match. They were wrong.
“I had to work very hard to get the tickets before they were sold out,” revealed a fan named Sun.
For Chinese fans, they are fortunate to enjoy Messi’s dance with the ball. A wonderful thing. Worth mentioning, Leo is now almost 36 years old. However, age only makes the Argentine superstar’s attraction grow. “I hate to say this, but Messi is almost 36 years old. So the chances of watching Leo play in the future are also diminishing,” Sun stated.
Di Cam | 12:00 17/06/2023