The "Only Murders in the Building" star couldn't contain her excitement when the best soccer player in the world nearly scored from inside the box during the game, prompting her relatable wide-eyed, jaw-dropping response.
"Mood," she wrote on Instagram stories, posting a screengrab of her reaction shot that went viral after LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy denied Messi's scoring attempt.
Messi & Co. ultimately won the game even though he didn't make any goals. He did, however, contribute assists on the final two goals for a 3-1 victory that left the Miami football club unbeaten in the 11 games since he joined the team six weeks ago, wrote Times staff writer Kevin Baxter. The loss was the second in a row for LAFC, the reigning league champion, which has won just twice in its last nine MLS games to fall to third in the Western Conference table.
Baxter described the game as "part circus and part cultural phenomenon" and as "the most-hyped game in LAFC history given Messi's arrival. About 350 credentials were issued to media from around the world, about the same number the league handed out for last fall’s epic MLS Cup final at the same venue.
And the stars also came out: Gomez was also joined by her younger sister Gracie, rapper Tyga, who was seated in front of her; actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Holland, Ed Norton, Jason Sudeikis and Mario Lopez; Lakers superstar LeBron James; Dodgers Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw; Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and British royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in the stands.
As for Gomez, she showed her Messi fandom when met by reporters at the arena. (Her broken hand also remained in a cast.)
"Te amo much," she said in footage from the game, offering much love to the World Cup champ.
The "Wizards of Waverly Place" alum showcased her longstanding love of the game — and its players — last June when she went viral on TikTok, desperately shouting "I'm single" at a group of players.
"The struggle man lol," she captioned the clip.
The Rare Beauty co-founder has been open about her relationship status for a while now, famously shooting her shot while hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 2022.
"I would like to say that I'm looking for my soulmate. But at this point, I will take anyone," she quipped in her monologue.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.