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Belizeans flock to El Salvador to witness Messi magic in 0-0 draw

Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2024. 7:57 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: Football faithful from Belize made the pilgrimage across the border to El Salvador this week, not for just any game, but for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the living legend Lionel Messi grace the pitch. Inter Miami, with Messi at the helm, locked horns with the El Salvador national team in a highly anticipated friendly match that, while ending in a 0-0 stalemate, left Belizean fans ecstatic.

Despite the lack of goals, the mere presence of Messi on the field was enough to electrify the atmosphere. Belizeans, adorned in Inter Miami jerseys and waving the Belizean flag with fervor, created a vibrant pocket of support within the Salvadoran crowd. Every touch, every dribble, every mesmerizing move by Messi was met with thunderous applause and joyous chants from the Belizean contingent.

While the scoreline remained goalless, the game was far from a drab affair. Both teams created several scoring opportunities, with Messi himself coming close on a couple of occasions. The Belizeans on the edge of their seats, every near miss sending a ripple of excitement through the stands.

Ultimately, the result mattered little. For the Belizean fans, simply witnessing Messi in the flesh was a dream come true. The opportunity to see the “GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time) weave his magic on the field was an experience they will cherish forever. As Diario La Prensa’s video aptly captures, the smiles on the faces of the Belizean fans said it all.

The 0-0 draw was a mere footnote in a night etched in their memories, a night where they witnessed footballing royalty firsthand.


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