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WATCH: Lionel Messi made his day! Young fan goes crazy after meeting Inter Miami star ahead of U.S. Open Cup final

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  • Messi greets young fan
  • Argentine misses match due to injury
  • Inter Miami fall 2-1 to the Dynamo

WHAT HAPPENED? After missing Wednesday evening's cup final to injury, the Argentine was spotted pregame greeting a young fan in the tunnel, prompting a jubilant response like a kid at Christmas!

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Inter Miami have now played four matches without Messi since his arrival, and saw their first loss without the Argentine Wednesday evening as the Houston Dynamo defeated them 2-1 in the U.S. Open Cup final.

WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? The 36-year-old will be aiming to recover from injury and return to action as Inter Miami return to action on September 30 against NYCFC.

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