Date
20 October 2017
The Argentina national team with captain Lionel Messi will play a friendly with Hong Kong on October 14. Photo: Reuters
The Argentina national team with captain Lionel Messi will play a friendly with Hong Kong on October 14. Photo: Reuters

Want to watch Messi, Aguero? It will cost as much as HK$1,800

Football fans could be in for a treat, albeit a costly one, when the Argentina national team, with world-class stars such as its captain Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, play Hong Kong on October 14.

Tickets for the friendly, organized by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), will cost as much as HK$1,800 (US$232), the highest so far for matches involving a foreign visiting team, Apple Daily reported Friday.

HKFA chairman Brian Leung said the cost of hosting the match is very high, estimated to be nearly HK$30 million, with HK$23 million going to the Argentina team as remuneration.

It would require a full house to break even, he said.

Tickets will be available for sale from August 21. Prices range from HK$490 to HK$1,800, with concessionary HK$250 tickets for students and seniors.

The tickets cost more than those for the friendlies in Hong Kong with Spain’s Real Madrid, featuring stars like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, in 2003 and the Brazil national team, with the likes of Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, in 2005.

HKFA chief executive Mark Sutcliffe said five to six sponsors have been identified and the HKFA is in talks with Television Broadcasts for the live broadcast right.

Leung said more than 20,000 tickets are priced below HK$600 but having some higher-priced ones is inevitable due to the higher cost of staging the match.

If the event ended in red, Leung, HKFA president Timothy Fok, vice chairman Pui Kwan-kay and board member Ken Ng would shoulder the deficit between them, the report said.

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