Lionel Messi and Inter Miami had a team dinner to celebrate the end of their season before they break to enjoy the offseason.
A picture posted to Instagram showed Miami’s players posing together around a large cake – inspired by The Herons – at Casadonna, a new Italian-inspired restaurant and bar in South Florida.
Aside from Messi, several notable members of the roster could be seen in the photo including Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Josef Martinez, Leonardo Campana, and Benjamin Cremaschi.
Inter Miami triumphed in the Leagues Cup – the team’s first ever trophy – but fell short in a bid to reach the playoffs this season. They finished 14th in the MLS Eastern Conference with only 34 points and a record of 9-7-18.
Miami manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino recently announced that the team is set to return for preseason on January 10.
Lionel Messi and Inter Miami had a goodbye dinner to commemorate the end of the season
Messi and Tata Martino will face an old club when Miami plays Newell’s Old Boys in a friendly
Striker Josef Martinez is leaving Inter Miami after one season with the MLS club
The team’s tour of China was recently canceled.
As of now the most high-profile friendly Miami is set to play during the upcoming preseason will be against Messi’s boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys.
Martino also suited for the Argentine club back in his playing days and later spent time with Newell’s as a manager.
One player who may have used the party to say goodbye was Martinez.
Martino recently confirmed that the striker will not return to the team next year, fueling speculation that Luis Suarez is set to join.