Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami announces two-game preseason tour of China


Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami will embark on a two-game postseason tour of China, the team announced Sunday.

Just over two weeks after their 2023 MLS campaign ends, Inter Miami will travel to face Chinese Super League sides Qingdao Hainiu FC and Chengdu Rongcheng on Nov. 5 and 8, respectively.

“We’re very excited to continue to expand our club’s global reach, bringing our team to play in front of incredible fans across the globe,” Inter Miami chief business officer Xavier Asensi said.

“This is a special opportunity to share the passion as we reach new audiences and put ourselves on display in new places, and we’re looking forward to beginning this adventure.”

Miami have two matchups against Charlotte FC remaining in the MLS regular season, at home Wednesday and in Charlotte on Saturday.

Messi has played in only two of the team’s past seven MLS games because of a hamstring injury, but he did manage 35 minutes off the bench in the loss to Cincinnati and played 37 minutes for Argentina in its 1-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Paraguay on Friday.

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