Lionel Messi arrived in Tokyo to play the last friendly of the world tour with Inter Miami. This Wednesday the Florida team will face Vissel Kobe at the Olympic Stadium from 7 a.m. (Argentina time). However, the city welcomed La Pulga and the MLS team with an unexpected snowfall.
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The capital of Japan and neighboring areas were affected by a large amount of snow, to the point that authorities had to issue a warning and even interrupt public transportation. For the first time since February 2022, snow accumulation of at least one centimeter was seen in central Tokyo. And, furthermore, it is the first time that a state of emergency has been issued in the 23 districts of the city.
This is how Lionel Messi arrived in Tokyo
This is how the Inter Miami team arrived in Tokyo. (Video: @IM_Tokyo2024/Twitter)
What will the weather be like in Tokyo while Lionel Messi is there?
According to the Japanese meteorological agency, this snowfall is expected to reach its peak this Monday night, although this Tuesday there could still be some frozen streets, the day in which Gerardo Martino's team will do its last training before the match that They will hold against Vissel Kobe.
The snow storm in Tokyo. (Video: @PaulTenorio/Twitter)
“Things that I did not anticipate for the Tokyo part of this Inter Miami tour: Snow” said Paul Tenorio, a reporter for 'The Athletic' who is closely following the pink team's tour, which after the duel against Vissel Kobe will return to the United States. United for their last preseason match against Newell's Old Boys.
When does Lionel Messi's Inter Miami play again?
Inter Miami will face Vissel Kobe on Wednesday, February 7 with a time to be determined at the National Stadium in Japan.
Inter Miami friendly schedule in 2024
El Salvador 0-0 Inter Miami.FC Dallas 1-0 Inter Miami.Al Hilal 4-3 Inter Miami.Al Nassr 6-0 Inter Miami.Hong Kong 0-4 Inter Miami.Vissel Kobe vs. InterMiami | Friendly | Wednesday 7/02, with schedule to be defined | National Stadium of Japan. Inter Miami vs. Newell's | Friendly | Thursday 02/15, with schedule to be defined | DRV PNK Stadium.
When does MLS 2024 start?
Inter Miami will play on February 21, starting at 10 p.m. (Argentina time), at home against Real Salt Lake, for the first date of Major League Soccer (MLS), at the DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale) , which has capacity for 21 thousand spectators.