Messi’s 2024 Schedule: When Will Inter Miami and Argentina Star Play Next As Preseason Looms?

Messi’s 2024 Schedule: When Will Inter Miami and Argentina Star Play Next As Preseason Looms?

Joel Reyes
updated at November 22, 2023 at 7:20 AM
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  • Lionel Messi is scheduled for many matches for Inter Miami and Argentina next year
  • The Herons will go on their international tour for their preseason campaign in 2024
  • Messi will play in the 2024 Copa America, which will be held from June 30 to July 14

Lionel Messi’s historic 2023 season has come to an end.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner finished the year with another victory, leading Argentina to a 1-0 win over Brazil in their World Cup qualifier at the Maracana Stadium.

So what’s next for Messi? Sports Brief looks at his upcoming schedule in 2024.

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Lionel Messi in action for Argentina and Inter Miami. Images: DANIEL RAMALHO/ Matt Kelley.
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Messi to play Newell’s Old Boys?

Inter Miami are still determining their 2024 preseason schedule, with the club reportedly planning four to six matches early next year, per Fox Sports.

They have denied reports that one of those games will be against Al-Nassr in what would have been a ‘Last Dance’ showdown between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The club released a statement after the news went viral, saying that Inter Miami playing in the Riyadh Season Cup is inaccurate, per Sports Brief.

The statement added that Inter Miami’s first international tour will be announced in the coming weeks. So, who are they playing?

While not yet officially confirmed, reports have surfaced that Inter Miami will lock horns with Messi’s boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys, in a friendly match at DRV PNK Stadium this coming February, per Sporting News.

With the 2024 MLS season set to begin in late February, this match will serve as a key friendly for Inter Miami in preparation for the new campaign.

In addition, the match will highlight the significance of the two clubs in Messi’s illustrious football career.

He started his career as a youth player at Newell’s Old Boys, with the Rosario-based club taking him in when he was just six years old.

He was one of the standout players of the club’s 'Machine of '87' youth side. Barcelona noticed his outstanding talent and snapped his services in 2000.

Messi broke into Barca’s first team in 2005 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Busy 2024 looms for Messi

Messi’s 2024 season will be jampacked, with Inter Miami set to play in several tournaments. Apart from the 34-game MLS regular season, the Herons will also play in the Leagues Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.

Inter Miami will also compete for the first time in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, a reward for the team winning the 2023 Leagues Cup.

Messi remains an integral part of La Albiceleste, and he will be leading the side in six World Cup qualifying matches from September to November 2024.

The main focus for Messi and Argentina next year, though, is the 2024 Copa America, which will be held in the United States from June 30 to July 14.

They enter that tournament as the defending champions, having won the title against Brazil in the 2021 final.

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Brazil fans cheer on Messi

Sports Brief also reported on Brazilian fans showing love to Messi before the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

A video of Brazil fans chanting, "Messi, Messi" for the Argentine veteran at the Maracana Stadium went viral.

Argentina defeated their South American rivals 1-0, with Nicolas Otamendi scoring the lone goal of the game.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.