The Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was among many celebrities who attended the debut match of the Argentine World Cup winner Lionel Messi for the Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami on July 21, Friday. After the star footballer scored an injury-time winner, the four-time NBA champion posted an Instagram story to celebrate the moment, in which he was laughing at two pictures of himself, which were taken 20 years apart.
Some of the other big names to grace the occasion were tennis legend Serena Williams, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, the co-owner of Inter Miami David Beckham, and Sergio Aguero, the former Argentine teammate of Lionel Messi.
It was the first match of Group J in the Leagues Cup, played at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, where Inter Miami took on Cruz Azul from Mexico this Friday night. The hosts got the lead in the 44th minute from the striker Robert Taylor to end the first half on a high.
Lionel Messi stepped onto the field as a substitute in the 54th minute for Inter Miami, but just 11 minutes later, Cruz Azul levelled the score, thanks to Uriel Antuna. But in the 94th minute of the contest, the 36-year-old got the winner for his side with a brilliant free-kick to make a memorable debut. James and Aguero were watching from the grandstand and celebrated the goal with great excitement and happiness, just like the other fans in attendance at DRV PNK Stadium.
Shortly afterwards, LeBron James sent out a few laughing emojis on Instagram user lbjhistory's post, that compared the twenty-year transformation of the Los Angeles Lakers star with two separate pictures put together into one.
The first pic had him clicking pictures of WWE superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin with a flip phone during a 2003 Raw event in Cleveland. Meanwhile, the other pic had him clicking pictures of Lionel Messi’s debut for Inter Miami on an iPhone this Friday night.
LeBron James vows to not stop his charge in the NBA with Los Angeles Lakers
When the Instagram user “lbjhistory,” posted the footage of LeBron James from 2008-09, reminiscing the time while the four-time NBA champion was at the peak of his powers, he sent out a story about it, captioning, “But I won’t stop now!!! YOU CAN HATE ME NOWWWWWW!!!,” to remind everyone that the second oldest player in the league isn’t done with the sport anytime soon.