LIONEL MESSI fever continues to sweep America as a host of A-listers watched the icon in his latest outing for Inter Miami.
Leonardo DiCaprio led the big-name Hollywood actors that headed to Los Angeles to witness the Argentine icon inspire his side to another victory.
Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, the 36-year-old produced another brilliant display as Inter Miami recorded a 3-1 win at LAFC.
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And, incredibly, TWO SpiderMen actors were on hand to see the World Cup winner’s heroic effort as both Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire saw Messi grab two assists.
Even an excited Prince Harry wore a Los Angeles FC scarf as he watched his local club lose to Messi’s side.
Silverscreen stars Will Ferrell, Ed Norton, Gerard Butler and Owen Wilson all packed into the BMO Stadium yesterday, while actress Selena Gomez was left stunned at one point as she watched on.
LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy produced an excellent save during the first half to deny Messi with an outstretched arm.
And the cameras were on hand to pick up Gomez’s jaw-dropping reaction to the stop.
It was not only Hollywood’s finest that were desperate to catch a glimpse of Messi in action, with rapper Nas also managing to secure himself a seat as did Oasis legend Liam Gallagher.
Even America’s own sporting superstars are being swept up by the phenomenon as NBA gods LeBron James and Magic Johnson also joined the jam-packed crowd.
And Messi did not disappoint as he helped Inter Miami stretch their club-record unbeaten run to 11 matches.
Facundo Farias gave the visitors the lead on 14 minutes as he slid in from close-range after a pass from Tomas Aviles for his first Inter goal.
After Messi had been denied by McCarthy, he was forced to wait until the 51st-minute before he had his next impact.
He produced an excellent long-range throughball for his former Barcelona team-mate Jordi Alba to double the advantage.
And he notched his second assist with just seven minutes remaining as he fed Leonardo Campana after a two-on-one break to rifle home left-footed.
Messi was spotted hugging Owen Wilson following the game, despite Ryan Hollingshead’s late consolation for LAFC.
And the Wedding Crashers movie star compared the Argentine to Michael Jordan while fellow actor Will Ferrell also struggled to contain his excitement.
Wilson told Apple TV: “I saw Michael Jordan one time and this is like the same thing.”
While Ferrell added: “There’s really nothing quite like it. This is so cool for MLS.”
By: Gary Stonehouse
Originally published at The Sun
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