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Emotional Homecoming: Lionel Messi Poised to Start in Reunion with Newell’s Old Boys

Inter Miami's superstar Lionel Messi is gearing up for a sentimental return to his childhood team, Newell's Old Boys, aiming to leave a challenging pre-season in the past.


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Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi is preparing for an emotional reunion with his boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys, as he looks to put a forgettable pre-season behind him.

After a grueling three-week tour around the globe, Miami’s Argentine hero is now set to face the club where his football journey began.

Miami’s pre-season tour took them to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Japan, but it was marred by poor results and controversy.

However, this exhibition match against Newell’s Old Boys offers Miami a chance to turn things around, especially with talisman Messi declared fit to play.

Herons head coach Tata Martino confirmed that Messi will start the game, providing a welcome boost for the team on the eve of the MLS campaign.

For Messi, this match holds special significance as he returns to the team he represented as a youngster before his move to Barcelona in 2000.

It is also a reunion for Martino, who played for Newell’s Old Boys across three spells and managed the team from 2012 to 2013.

Messi’s fitness has been a topic of discussion lately, particularly after he missed a friendly game in Hong Kong due to swelling in his adductor muscle.

Reflecting on the incident, Messi expressed his disappointment but also understood the fans’ expectations.

He hopes for another opportunity to play in Hong Kong in the future.

Despite the challenges, Messi was able to participate in a match against Vissel Kobe in Tokyo, where he played for half an hour during a 0-0 draw that ended in a penalty shootout defeat.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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