Lionel Messi Spotted Watching His Son Thiago’s Game for Inter Miami Academy, Video

Lionel Messi Spotted Watching His Son Thiago’s Game for Inter Miami Academy, Video

Elijah Odetokun
updated at September 16, 2023 at 6:55 PM
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  • Lionel Messi relocated to the United States and joined Inter Miami after leaving PSG
  • He has got off to a flying start for the MLS franchise, winning the inaugural Leagues Cup
  • His eldest son, Thiago, has been enrolled at the club's academy to continue his football development

Lionel Messi is using his day off to do father duties for his son, Thiago, who joined Inter Miami Academy U12 weeks ago.

Messi moved to the United States of America with Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami after calling it quits on his adventure in Europe, having last played for Paris Saint-Germain.

He has transformed the club from being the worst in the MLS to a force to reckon with. He helped the club win their first-ever trophy - the inaugural Leagues Cup.

Lionel Messi, Inter Miami, Florida Blue Training Centre.
Lionel Messi trained but did not travel with the team to face Atlanta United. Photo by Megan Briggs.
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Miami are unbeaten since Messi joined the team and won their last game against Sporting Kansas City in his absence as he was away on international duty with Argentina.

Messi spotted at Inter Miami academy

As seen in a video recirculated on X (formerly Twitter) by @WeAreMessi, the Argentina captain was spotted sitting on the floor at pitchside with his sons, Mateo and Ciro, waiting to watch Thiago in action.

CBS Sports reported that Thiago, 10, joined the team's academy three weeks ago, ahead of the U12 season, in a bid to continue his football development.

His presence at the game further confirmed he would be absent for tonight's game against Atlanta United as he did not travel with the team.

Thiago Messi makes Inter Miami debut

Sports Brief reported that Thiago Messi made his Inter Miami debut in a friendly game for the U12, helping the team to a 2-0 victory over Weston FC in their first game.

The 10-year-old joined the academy weeks ago and has been training with the team while his father continues to generate waves in his new adventure.

Fans react to Messi's absence

Sports Brief reported that Messi did not travel with the team to Georgia to face Atlanta United later tonight after a decision was made to rest him, having just returned from international duty.

The home side have nearly sold out the 70,000-capacity Mercedes Benz Stadium, leaving fans disappointed they would not see the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner in action.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.