Lionel Messi has yet to be formally introduced as an Inter Miami CF player, but his fans in the United States have wasted no time in introducing him to him.
On Thursday, Messi was seen doing some casual shopping at a supermarket in Miami.
He even stopped to take some photos with some lucky fans.
While Messi may have had a rowdy crowd waiting for him outside the market, images that have gone viral suggest it was a pretty average outing by his standards, something that’s a rarity for the 36-year-old superstar. In March, after Messi won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Argentina, Messi was harassed by fans while leaving dinner in Buenos Aires.
But public adoration is nothing new for Messi, who has been one of the world’s most famous athletes for the past 15 years. If Messi takes Inter Miami to the heights he’s taken FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina to, he may not be able to walk into any store in Miami without being bombarded by fans.
Messi attended Inter Miami’s practice on Thursday and will be presented by the club on Sunday, according to an ESPN report. The club’s managing owner Jorge Mas announced last month that Messi is expected to make his Inter Miami debut on July 21 in a league cup match against Blue Cross.
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