Adorable moment Lionel Messi high fives and hugs excited game mascots before they chant his name in the tunnel ahead of Inter Miami’s MLS clash against New York Red Bulls

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Adorable moment Lionel Messi high fives and hugs excited game mascots before they chant his name in the tunnel ahead of Inter Miami’s MLS clash against New York Red Bulls 

  • Lionel Messi made his MLS debut off the bench against the New York Red Bulls
  • The Argentine superstar was greeted by overexcited mascots in the tunnel  
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Lionel Messi made the New York Red Bulls mascots’ day as he high fived each of them ahead of Inter Miami’s return to MLS action Saturday night. 

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Messi made his highly-anticipated MLS debut in Inter Miami’s league clash against the New York Red Bulls after the Herons’ recent cup success.  

And, despite representing his rival, the mascots couldn’t contain their excitement when meeting the World Cup winner. 

As the Argentine superstar made his way out of the tunnel at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, he went down the line of youngsters stopping to give each one of them a high five. 

But one to the end of the line wasn’t satisfied with just a high five and couldn’t resist himself as he launched himself at the 36-year-old star, giving him a massive hug. Messi, clearly unfazed at the embrace, heartwarmingly hugged the mascot back. 

Lionel Messi was greeted by overexcited mascots in the tunnel ahead of Inter Miami's game

The World Cup winner even received a hug from one youngster

Lionel Messi was greeted by overexcited mascots in the tunnel ahead of Inter Miami’s game 

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The Argentine superstar was heading to the field ahead of his MLS debut against Red Bulls

The Argentine superstar was heading to the field ahead of his MLS debut against Red Bulls

In another clip shared to social media, the mascots were also seen huddled together inside the stadium, chanting the forward’s name. 

The disgruntled crowd in New Jersey also took to chanting the global icon’s name as he was left on the bench for the start of the MLS clash. 

Inter boss Tata Martino hinted on Friday that his star man could be afforded a rest this weekend after starting eight games in the space of six weeks since arriving at the club.

Speaking after their midweek win over Cincinnati in the US Open Cup semifinal, Martino said: ‘Leo and many other players are reaching an important physical limit and from today we will start to evaluate this – how do I face at least the next three games.

‘You also have to take into account the large number of games that we played in 45, 50 days.’

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And, Martino ultimately took the decision to rest the 36-year-old for part of the clash in New Jersey. 

Messi made his MLS debut off the bench in the 60th minute of the clash in New Jersey

Messi made his MLS debut off the bench in the 60th minute of the clash in New Jersey 

Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets also started Saturday night’s match on the bench. 

After a remarkable first month on US soil, Messi was slated to make his MLS bow at Red Bull Arena.

That sparked a frenzy on ticket resale websites, with fans flogging their seat at the game for up to $23,528 – including taxes. 

 But the fans were eventually rewarded for forking out hundreds and thousands as Messi made his MLS debut off the bench in the 60th minute and capping his league bow with a goal at the death.

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