Inter Miami have denied their involvement in a pre-season tournament dubbed “The Last Dance” that would have seen Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet again.
An announcement earlier on Tuesday stated Inter Miami would take part in a three-team tournament in Saudi Arabia against Ronaldo’s Al Nassr and Neymar’s Al Hilal.
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But this was apparently news to Inter Miami, who have denied any involvement in the tournament, which was reportedly set to be played during the first week of February and form part of the MLS side’s preparations for the new campaign.
An Inter Miami statement said: “Earlier today, an announcement was issued stating that Inter Miami CF is scheduled to play in the Riyadh Season Cup. This is inaccurate.
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“The release included statements attributed to team owner Jorge Mas. Mas has made no comments, publicly or privately, in relation to the preseason tour.
“Since day one, Inter Miami CF has set out to be a global brand. To this end, we have been in conversations to determine our 2024 preseason schedule. We look forward to showcasing our players on Inter Miami CF’s first international tour which will be announced in the coming weeks.”
The news is sure to disappoint fans, who were eagerly anticipating a potential final meeting between Messi and Ronaldo, who duelled for so many years and won a combined 13 Ballon d’Or trophies between them.