Argentina’s Alexis Escobar smiled triumphantly before the game started. He had already spotted Lionel Messi at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but this time it was special as he brought his father Teo for the first time to challenge the ’10’ world champion in Inter Miami’s visit on Sunday against LAFC in the BMO – experience the stadium .
His smile was content because while some were spending hundreds and thousands of dollars per ticket, he got to see his idol for $24 for two tickets. How was it? He bought the tickets from a friend before Messi signed with Inter Miami.
“They almost gave it to me,” said Escobar, who said his friend still had a pair of tickets but put them up for sale.
“He sold his tickets for $620 each, but I used them to bring my dad,” the Angeleno added.
Others weren’t so lucky. But they were willing to pay the price.
Victor de la Paz was traveling with his family from Sacramento and figured he’d spend about $5,000 for the entire trip, but he didn’t want to say aloud how much he paid for each ticket because “his wife was close by.” .”
De la Paz had tried to see Messi before, but when he bought tickets, “La Pulga” had not traveled to California with Barcelona.
“For me, Messi means family,” said De la Paz. “He gives 100% on and off the pitch. And he always has his family with him and so am I.”
“It’s a blast. He hasn’t touched the ball yet and knows it three or four moves later. He sees the future,” said De la Paz.
The game at LAFC Stadium was a sell-out, with several Miami fans wearing the pink jersey, although fans of the Oro y Negro team continued to be in the majority.
Mariela Rosales traveled from Miami with her brother Diego to see his idol with him for the first time.
“We spent almost $7,000 on tickets alone and another $4,000 on travel,” Diego said. “But is it worth it? It is an opportunity and a privilege to be here.”
“Messi is very humble, which is what I like best,” said Mariela. “I work with children and what I like most about him is his humility.”