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Can I get my money back if Lionel Messi doesn’t play for Inter Miami?

The Argentine has changed the fortunes of the Florida team, and the MLS in general, with the Barça legend greeted by packed stadiums both home and away.

Inter Miami expected to make changes against Toronto
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When Lionel Messi crossed the Atlantic for his Major League Soccer adventure, his chosen team Inter Miami were languishing at the very bottom of the league. Since then, the Argentine superstar has helped carry them to victory in the Leagues Cup, a place in the 2023 US Open Cup final, and an overall record of not having tasted defeat since.

It has truly been a remarkable turnaround, and the idea of reaching the playoffs, something unthinkable just weeks ago, is now at least a possibility. Optimism for Herons fans continues to grow, with dreams of more silverware and a place in MLS postseason.

Messi-mania in full effect

Messi is also being heralded by the South Florida club’s marketing and finance department as the Argentine has created a huge wave of interest both on and off the field with many who suggested that the striker would be in ‘semi-retirement Miami mood’ now eating humble pie. The World Cup winner continues to generate magic on the pitch, sell unprecedented volumes of pink and black merchandise and pack out stadiums with many anxious to see the Rosario born at close quarters.

But clearly the man in question cannot play in every game, so some fans will be disappointed when they turn up.

Messimania | Young fans wear Messi jerseys ahead of Inter Miami CF vs Los Angeles FC.
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Messimania | Young fans wear Messi jerseys ahead of Inter Miami CF vs Los Angeles FC.FREDERIC J. BROWNAFP

Messi, Miami and the playoffs

Inter Miami are in a zone of games where they all appear like ‘finals’ as they look to climb the Eastern Conference table and secure at least a ninth place finish that would ensure a wild card place and a tilt at postseason football.

Messi missed the club’s game before the FIFA break, as Miami secured a somewhat painful win over Sporting Kansas City. That feat will surely have to be matched again on the road against Atlanta, with manager Tata Martino confirming on Friday that his star would not travel with his teammates.

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates
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Argentina's Lionel Messi celebratesMOLLY DARLINGTONDiarioAS

Can I get a refund if Messi doesn’t play or is injured?

For any ticket holders for these two particular games wondering what their position is in terms of refunds with Messi set to be missing, the short answer is that no reimbursement will be due simply because the mercurial Argentine will not be playing. The tickets in question were purchased to see Inter Miami CF participate irrespective of the eleven players selected by coach Tata Martino.

Will some cheeky devils try to flog off their extortionately priced ticket to some unsuspecting fan? This is always possible.


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