There were other new features inside the Argentine’s new home ground, including two stands propped up in the northeast and southeast corners that were quickly built to help meet the growing demand for Inter Miami tickets .
A tighter level of security was also evident inside the venue, especially when Messi and Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets arrived with their families after the weather delay ended and shortly before their joint presentation. Busquets stunned the audience by speaking English as he was introduced.
“Hello everyone,” Busquets said. “Thank you for coming. I am very happy to be here in Miami. It is a pleasure for me to be part of Inter Miami.” Other famous celebrities have benefited from the tougher restrictions, including former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and the Latin singer Marc Anthony.
The entire event embraced its star-studded nature, with a collection of video messages welcoming Messi on the big screens perhaps the most notable example.
Among the film’s luminaries were former NFL quarterback Tom Brady, current NBA player Steph Curry, Latin singers J Balvin and Maluma, and more. Eventually, musical artists inside the venue performed to a dispersing crowd. Messi returned to the pitch for a while during performances, watching his boys kick a ball in front of the same crowd that will soon expect him to score regularly.