Tickets for Lionel Messi’s MLS debut in New York selling for over $20,000 as fans clamor to see Inter Miami superstar make his bow vs. Red Bulls

Tickets for Lionel Messi’s MLS debut in New York selling for over $20,000 as fans clamor to see Inter Miami superstar make his bow vs. Red Bulls

  • Lionel Messi is set to make his MLS debut against the Red Bulls on Saturday
  • Supporters are flogging their tickets for around $20,000 on resale websites 
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Fans hoping to see Lionel Messi’s debut in Major League Soccer face having to pay eye-watering sums of more than $20,000 for a ticket.

The Argentinean superstar is expected to make his MLS bow when Inter Miami travel to New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

Messi has enjoyed an incredible start to life in the United States, scoring 10 goals in his first seven matches and leading Inter Miami to Leagues Cup glory.

Tickets for Saturday’s final in Nasvhille – at a sold-out Geodis Park – cost at least $450 each and demand for is similarly high in New York.

On Monday – nearly a week out from gameday – the lowest-priced ticket (including all fees) on website Gametime cost a whopping $610.

Fans hoping to see Lionel Messi’s MLS debut could have to pay more than $20,000 for a ticket

He is set to make his MLS bow when Inter Miami travel to New York Red Bulls on Saturday night

He is set to make his MLS bow when Inter Miami travel to New York Red Bulls on Saturday night

At the other end of the scale, the top-priced seats were being flogged for $17,554 a piece. Once nearly $6,000 worth of taxes are added on, the total cost is $23,528.

Before flying to New York, Messi will look to continue his perfect start to life in Miami in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

MLS commissioner Don Garber has challenged each club to profit from the 36-year-old’s arrival and grow their own fan base.  

The top-priced seats cost $23,528 once nearly $6,000 worth of taxes are added on to

The top-priced seats cost $23,528 once nearly $6,000 worth of taxes are added on to 

MLS boss Don Garber challenged clubs to profit from Messi's arrival and grow their fan base

MLS boss Don Garber challenged clubs to profit from Messi’s arrival and grow their fan base

‘It is the responsibility of the local clubs to build their fan base. The league is not going to tell them what to do when somebody else comes to town,’ he told ESPN.

‘I know what I would do if I were a coach or a general manager. 

‘If I was the president of a club, and I heard (Union coach) Jim Curtin say this in Philadelphia (I’d say): ”Come here and support your team.” 

‘Yeah, it will be nice to see somebody else wearing that pink jersey and that might be a special moment, but that was an opportunity for the Philadelphia Union to be on their way to winning another trophy.’

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