Inter Miami, Lionel Messi’s team and Al Hilal (one of the most important teams in Asia) will face each other in a club friendly in 2024.
Al Hilal entered this competition in incredible form before the break. They have won 20 games across competitions and are seven points clear at the top of the league table. At the halfway point of the campaign, they have 53 points from 19 games and are well on their way to becoming champions. Al Hilal played their previous match about a month ago, so Al Hilal will use the match against Inter Miami as part of their preparation for the rest of the season.
Inter Miami was one of the worst teams in MLS last season. However, since the arrival of the legendary Lionel Messi, they have looked much better. Inter Miami has already started preparations for the 2024 season. In the first friendly match, they played 0-0 against the national team of El Salvador. After that, Inter Miami lost 1-0 against FC Dallas. They will be looking to kick off their pre-season with a strong performance against a strong opponent.
Al Hilal have eight players with the Saudi Arabian national team at the Asian Cup, so all will be missing for the friendly against Inter Miami. Al Hilal will also be without Bono and Kalidou Koulibala, who are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Inter Miami made several transfers this January. They signed Luis Suarez, Julian Gressel and Nicolas Freire. On the other hand, Kamal Miller, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Josef Martinez, Victor Ulloa, Jake LaCava and Dixon Arroyo left the team.
Inter Miami possible lineup:
Callender; Yedlin, Kryvtsov, Aviles, McVey, Allen; Gressel, Ruiz, Busquets; Messi, Suarez.
Al Hilal possible lineup:
Al-Wutaian; Al-Mufarrij, Jahfali, Al-Shahrani, Lodi; Al-Juwayr, Neves, Milinkovic-Savic; Malcolm, Mitrovic, Michael