What additional dates has Inter Miami added to their international travels?

Several months, botched scheduling and likely tense negotiations have finally yielded Inter Miami the world tour it wanted back in the summer.

Inter Miami's Noah Allen looks to control the ball against New York City FC in a postseason friendly match.
Inter Miami's Noah Allen looks to control the ball against New York City FC in a postseason friendly match. / Rich Storry/GettyImages
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The Match-Up In the Desert for Inter Miami

While heading to Japan, Hong Kong and El Salvador is exciting, the icing on the cake for Inter Miami fans is their trek to Saudi Arabia.

On January 29, the Herons will take on Al-Hilal which recently went on a European signing spree — along with other clubs in the Saudi Pro League.

Al-Hilal picked up Neymar, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Kalidou Koulibali and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to name a few.

Presently, Al-Hilal sit atop the Saudi Pro League, 10 points ahead of Inter Miami’s next opponent in the kingdom… Al-Nassr.

Most notably, Al-Nassr signed Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo along with former Liverpool star Sadio Mane and Inter Milam midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

The storyline here will be a match-up between Messi and Ronaldo, arguably two of the best players this generation.

In head-to-head competition, Messi has won 16 matches to Ronaldo’s 11. But Ronaldo has the most recent victory when he scored twice from the penalty spot to lead Juventus to a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.

They did have one match more recent, a 5-4 friendly between PSG and Al-Nassr in January 2023.

Their first head-to-head came in 2008 when Messi’s Barcelona drew Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Ronaldo got the better of Messi in the second leg with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford to advance to the finals.

Inter Miami Preseason Schedule

January 19

vs. El Salvador

at San Salvador

January 29

vs. Al-Hilal

at Saudi Arabia

February 1

vs. Al-Nassr

at Saudi Arabia

February 4

vs. Hong Kong All Stars

at Hong Kong

February 7

vs. Vissel Kobe

at Tokyo, Japan

Since that meeting, the pair have won 13 Ballon d’Or trophies, 9 Champions League crowns and have scored more than 200 goals between them.

Messi has the edge in goals scored with 22 to Ronaldo’s 21. Messi also has 11 assists to Ronaldo’s 1 in their head-to-head matches.

This gives Inter Miami a full slate of preseason matches before the kick-off of the Major League Soccer season sometime in February.