The recent announcement by Inter Miami regarding their friendly matches in China in November, popularly dubbed the “Messi Tour,” raises a series of questions about the motivations behind this decision. While some view this initiative as an opportunity to explore Lionel Messi’s commercial potential in the Asian region, others raise legitimate concerns about the sporting and physical implications of this decision.
The pursuit of new markets is understandable in the modern world of soccer, where clubs seek to expand their global brand. However, the choice to hold friendly matches amid an extended period of inactivity raises questions about prioritizing profits over the well-being of players and performance in official competitions. The decision to embark on a ‘tour’ to keep Messi in action can be seen as a maneuver to maximize the value of their latest and most valuable asset.
Despite Messi’s brilliance in leading Inter Miami to victory in the Leagues Cup, the challenges faced by the team in the MLS highlight an excessive dependence on the Argentine star. Messi’s recent injury and the subsequent elimination of the team, even with the player’s presence, raise questions about the lack of depth and solidity of the team overall.
Furthermore, the uncertainty surrounding Messi’s physical health after his injury raises doubts about the prudence of extending his participation in friendly matches, rather than prioritizing full recovery. The long season, with a series of intense matches, may have a lasting negative impact on Messi’s performance and, consequently, on the success of Inter Miami.
While the MLS may be eager to keep Messi on the field and preserve his status as the league’s main attraction, it is crucial to consider the balance between commercial and sporting interests. The need for careful management of the player’s human and physical resources should not be underestimated amidst strategic marketing moves. The “Messi Tour” may represent an opportunity to boost the Inter Miami brand, but maintaining Messi’s physical and mental form should be the top priority to ensure lasting and impactful performance from the player, both for the club and the Argentine national team.