West Ham United fans may not have any of their own signings to get excited about but watching Lionel Messi at the London Stadium is suddenly a very real possibility.
The world’s best player – arguably of all time – is looking increasingly certain to seal an earth shattering move to Manchester City after announcing his intention to leave Barcelona after 20 years (Daily Mail).
West Ham fans have not been to a match at home since February 29th, the 3-1 win over Southampton.
West Ham fans could see Messi in first game back in London Stadium
As lockdown eases there is now new hope West Ham supporters will return to the London Stadium by October.
That’s after UEFA confirmed 20,000 fans will attend the Super Cup final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla at the 68,000 seater Puskas Arena in Budapest (BBC Sport).
European champions Bayern Munich will face Europa League winners Sevilla at the 68,000-seater Puskas Arena on Thursday, 24 September.
Uefa said “up to 30% of the capacity of the stadium” would be allowed.
That would mean 18,000 West Ham fans could be in line to return to the London Stadium for the Hammers’s first Premier League home game of October – against Manchester City on the 24th.
A moment for the generations
So even if the Messi deal drags on until the transfer deadline of October 5th, the legendary star will line up against West Ham in east London – if fit and selected of course!
Of course West Ham fans are more interested in their own team. But seeing Messi play live against their beloved Hammers promises to be a memorable occasion.
While it is both highly likely Messi will sign for City and that a proportion of West Ham fans will be back for that game, there are no guarantees.
Not the first time Messi has graced West Ham
If Messi does face the likes of West Ham captain Mark Noble and co it is a moment all Hammers fans will cherish.
But it is not the first time Messi has played at West Ham.
Back in November 2014 Messi led Argentina to a 2-1 win over Croatia in a friendly at Upton Park.
Messi scored a penalty at West Ham’s beloved former ground – which you can watch again here.