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Despite Taylor Swift’s NFL Attendances, Lionel Messi Dominates American Sports Charts & Eclipses Chiefs and Coach Prime’s Buffs



Until recently, it was unimaginable for a soccer team to offer competition for NFL and NCAA teams in American sports charts. That, however, is now a story of the past, thanks to Lionel Messi. Despite exiting the MLS season without seeing playoffs, Messi’s Inter Miami remains the talk of the town in the American sporting scene. Courtesy of the mammoth crowds Messi drew, Inter Miami overshadowed the Kansas City Chiefs, despite Taylor Swift‘s attendance. Likewise, Coach Prime’s Colorado Buffaloes, too, albeit with all the frenzy, remain eclipsed by the Messimania.

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Starting from Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami debut to other crucial matches, we saw America’s best athletes and superstars channel their inner fans to get a glimpse of the Argentine’s action. Let us now look at how Messi’s impact with Inter Miami surpasses that of Taylor Swift’s on the Chiefs, and Deion Sanders’ on the Buffs.

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Per the ticket exchange and resale company StubHub’s data, Lionel Messi, Taylor Swift, and Deion Sanders drastically changed the sporting scene. Swift’s presence in Kansas City Chiefs’ games coupled with her romance rumors with Travis Kelce saw Chiefs’ ticket sales soar to dramatic highs. Since taking over as the Buffaloes’ head coach, Deion Sanders aided the NCAA team to see a 15x increase in ticket sales. However, the Chiefs failed to clinch the no.1 spot on StubHub’s top-selling NFL teams. Neither did Coach Prime’s Buffs become the most-selling NCAA Football team.

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Enter Lionel Messi, Inter Miami becomes the fourth top-selling MLS team in two days. As the Messi mania continued, Inter Miami ended the season as MLS’ highest-selling team for the year, ousting Los Angeles FC. Besides, Messi’s move saw a mammoth 160% surge in net sales for the MLS in the 2023 season, and attracted fans from over 90 countries, as Inter Miami registered a 220% rise in international ticket sales in 2023 over 2022.

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While StubHub data technically proves Lionel Messi’s unparalleled impact on US Sports, there are quite a few who already knew that he surpassed the likes of Taylor Swift and Coach Prime.

Prior praises on Lionel Messi’s massive impact on US Sports

Earlier, during an episode of ESPN FC’s ‘Futbol Americas’ podcast, the hosts were asked if it was Messi, Swift, or Sanders who had the biggest impact on US Sports. Soccer veterans turned show hosts, Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar did not think twice before choosing Messi from the lot. Moreover, Salazar went on to state that Messi is globally more recognized than Taylor Swift.


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Anyhow, America will have to wait quite some time to witness the Messi action again. As the new MLS season starts, we will probably again see Messi catapulting ticket sales to new highs, overshadowing other elite athletes and entities.

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