David Beckham booed by 40,000 followers over Lionel Messi no-show


David Beckham was ruthlessly booed by 40,000 fuming followers demanding a refund.

The previous England captain, now Inter Miami proprietor, is in Hong Kong for Inter Miami’s pre-season journey to the Far East, The Solar experiences.

The 40,000 tickets at Hong Kong stadium had been snapped up inside an hour of occurring sale.

Nonetheless, locals who forked out as a lot as $700 on tickets expressed their anger as a result of Lionel Messi remained an unused substitute.

The Argentine icon, 36, has been battling a hamstring damage that noticed him solely play seven minutes within the 6-0 defeat towards Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr on Friday.

And the World Cup winner – who did participate in a really mild open coaching session – was not risked towards a Hong Kong XI.

However that didn’t go down nicely with the passionate supporters determined to get a glimpse of the footballing GOAT.

There have been chants of “we wish Messi” in the course of the second half as Inter Miami ran out 4-1 winners.

Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba each got here off the bench however Messi and Luis Suarez watched everything from the sidelines.

The followers – who had been instructed there can be no refunds if Messi didn’t function – drowned out Beckham’s tackle to the gang with their livid response.

Beckham, 48, stated on the pitch after full-time: “On behalf of all people concerned in Inter Miami, our membership, I wish to say thanks very a lot for the unbelievable welcome.

“I’ve at all times liked Hong Kong and we sit up for coming again in the future to entertain you much more.

“Thanks to the media. Thanks for everybody within the stadium that has turned up tonight and been right here for us.

“It means so much as a result of to see these nice gamers play conjures up a number of younger youngsters on this nation and world wide.

“I hope in the future we might be again to entertain you. Hong Kong, thanks very a lot. I’ll see you quickly. Thanks.”

However a lot had been nonetheless seething afterwards – particularly after spending a whole lot of {dollars} on tickets and a few even travelling from abroad.

As reported by the Day by day Mail, one stated: “I’ve been ready nearly ten years to see him. This can be a uncommon alternative to see him, as a result of he could be retiring quickly. We’re very disenchanted.”

One other added: “I flew from Melbourne for this. We waited a very long time however he by no means confirmed up. I’m actually disenchanted.”

And a 3rd fumed: “I got here for the coaching and simply noticed him doing stretches. Messi isn’t a supermodel. Individuals don’t pay simply to observe him sit.”

Inter Miami end their tour of Asia towards Vissel Kobe on Wednesday earlier than a ultimate pleasant towards Messi’s boyhood membership Newell’s Previous Boys.

The Florida aspect start their 2024 MLS marketing campaign at house to Actual Salt Lake after which Beckham takes his membership to face his former group LA Galaxy.

– This text first appeared in The Solar and was republished with permission.