The impacts of Lionel Messi’s arrival in Montreal

It’s not every day that the city receives an athlete of this caliber; Messi’s arrival was highly anticipated among his supporters, and many will spend thousands of dollars to experience this “memorable” evening.

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There has been excitement in the air since Friday evening, when the star was seen for the first time in the city in front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel. This is the place where his team, Inter Miami CF, will stay. Dozens of people were there to spot him.

“We’re all going to run, and we’re going to take a picture with him,” another young man said, laughing.

“Finally, we have the biggest star in the history of the most beautiful sport in the world, who comes to see us at our place in Montreal, and it would be [déjà] an honor just to see his hair!” said one Messi admirer.

In sports stores, hundreds of items bearing the star’s image are put on sale and are selling like hot cakes. Balloons, children’s pajamas, sports jerseys in the colors of the Miami team are among the popular products.

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“Anything with the name Messi works very well,” Carmelo Sansalone, co-owner of Evangelista sports, told TVA Nouvelles.

A few hours before the match, many fans were already at Stade Saputo. “My guys managed to get 3 tickets for $800 on resale sites,” explains a father. They are really happy, they said it will be the best day of their lives.”

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The city’s most anticipated soccer match of the year will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are still available, ranging from $300 to $9,700.

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