Lionel Messi has already become a firm favourite among his new teammates after showing his “generosity” in the Inter Miami group chat. The World Cup winner came to the rescue to help his fellow players get tickets for his star-studded unveiling last weekend.

Messi has only been with his new club for a matter of days following his lavish unveiling at the DRV PNK Stadium. More than 20,000 turned out in the rain to catch a glimpse of their new star signing in the flesh.

Ahead of the Argentinian forward’s debut, tickets to see Inter Miami have been almost impossible to buy. Fans have even resorted to reselling tickets at extortionate prices, with one scalper listing a ticket for an eye-watering £84,000.

Even Inter Miami’s players are struggling to get their hands on tickets for club-related events, with striker Leonardo Campana being among those having little luck when Messi was unveiled. However, the MLS club’s latest signing came to his rescue.

Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin revealed to the media that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was able to get tickets easily, and had plenty to spare for his new teammates.

He said: “The big event that he had on Sunday, Campana was looking for tickets and he put in the group chat, ‘Hey, does anybody have any tickets?’ And then I didn’t even know that Leo was in or Messi was in the group chat yet. But he popped up straight away and said, ‘How many do you need though?’ Straight away like that.

“So just from there I was like, ‘Wow.’ Straight off the bat. They’ve known each other for maybe, I dunno two days, three days or something. But just to show that generosity, that is a great first example of how he is.”

Messi is due to make his debut for the MLS club against Cruz Azul on Friday, July 21. However, Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham has hinted that the 36-year-old’s debut could be delayed.

“We don’t know if Leo is going to play the game or if he will have minutes because I think that, after all, he needs to be ready,” Beckham said. “We have to protect him and make sure that he is ready, because he has been on vacation and has just arrived in Miami.

“He has trained and he looks good. I think Lio and Tata [Martino] will decide when and if he plays on Friday. But the atmosphere here will be amazing and hopefully we can get the win.”