Noche d’Or in Miami for Messi
As the curtains close on the 2023 season, Inter Miami and soccer maestro Lionel Messi gear up for their last match at DRV PNK Stadium against New York City FC this Friday night. While neither team secured a spot in the MLS playoffs, the occasion promises to be a cinematic experience in the form of a friendly match.
Dubbed "Noche d’Or" by Inter Miami, translating to the Night of Gold, the evening is dedicated to celebrating Lionel Messi's remarkable achievement of winning his eighth Ballon D’Or. The Argentine icon will graciously present his prestigious trophy to the fans and deliver a speech, adding an extra layer of grandeur to the event.
Jorge Mas, the managing owner of Inter Miami, and MLS Commissioner Dan Garber will also address the audience, amplifying the significance of this unique gathering. Coach Tata Martino has confirmed that Messi will grace the pitch, showcasing his talent for a few minutes before heading to Argentina for World Cup qualifiers.
The anticipation surrounding this event is unparalleled in MLS history. The presence of the current Ballon d'Or winner in the league, coupled with the rare opportunity for fans to witness the trophy presentation, has generated considerable excitement within the Inter Miami community.
Lionel Messi's impact on Inter Miami during the summer has been nothing short of extraordinary. With an impressive tally of 11 goals in 14 matches and 5 assists across all competitions, Messi has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the Herons' season.
As the date approaches, the question on everyone's mind is not if Messi will deliver magic on the night but rather, what form will the magic take? Friday's match is poised to be a fitting finale to an exceptional chapter in Inter Miami's 2023 journey, marked by celebration, gratitude, and the undeniable brilliance of a football legend.