Luis Suarez Helps Lionel Messi Fill ‘Mate’ Tea Flask Before Inter Miami vs Real Salt Lake

Luis Suarez Helps Lionel Messi Fill ‘Mate’ Tea Flask Before Inter Miami vs Real Salt Lake

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 22, 2024 at 2:25 AM
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  • Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez start Inter Miami’s first MLS game of 2024
  • The two friends play their first competitive game together since 2020
  • The Uruguayan striker was the Argentine’s helping hand on arrival

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez arrived for their first Inter Miami game of the 2024 Major League Soccer season and already showed why they are good friends.

Messi, who moved to Miami in July last year, will begin his first full MLS season, having arrived in the middle of last year and was unable to help the club reach the playoffs.

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez arrive at the Chase Stadium for Inter Miami's first MLS game of 2024. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP.
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Suarez joined his former Barcelona teammates, Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, after leaving Brazilian club Gremio despite having a year left on his contract.

Per AlbicelesteTalk, it was the pair’s first game together in 921 days since the former Liverpool forward left Barcelona to join rivals Atletico Madrid in 2020.

Their last game together was the unfortunate 8-2 loss against Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, where the striker scored.

Suarez helps Messi fill tea flask

The two made it to the starting 11, with the World Cup winner shaking off a recent hamstring trouble and is ready for 90 minutes, as confirmed by Gerardo Martino.

As seen in a video shared on social media by MLS, Suarez helped Messi fill his mate tea flask with more water as they arrived at the Chase Stadium from the fans.

It was the Uruguayan’s first official game in front of the Herons’ fans, and he received a special welcome with his family from owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham.

The former Paris Saint-Germain drew the attention of American celebrities last year, and in the first game of 2024, Hollywood actor Will Smith is in attendance.

Suarez parties with Messi in Miami

Sports Brief reported on Suarez partying with Messi in Miami as the Argentina captain showed his friend around the city after reuniting at the club level.

This came after their first game together for the club in a 0-0 draw against El Salvador, where both played 45 minutes each. Both did not quite click during pre-season, and the fans will hope they do so during the season.

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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.