Lionel Messi got two assists in front of a star-studded crowd as Inter Miami beat Los Angeles Football Club 3-1 on Sunday night.
Facundo Farías, Jordi Alba and Leonardo Campana scored for Miami, unbeaten in 11 appearances in all competitions since Messi joined the club in mid-July.
Ryan Hollingshead scored for LAFC, which has lost its last two games.
Sunday’s match, however, will be Messi’s last with Miami for at least the next two weeks.
The 36-year-old will feature in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Thursday and against Bolivia five days later.
Messi has 11 goals and eight assists for Miami, eight points from a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with eight regular-season games remaining.
Miami’s visit to the defending MLS Cup champions has been considered one of the standout games since Messi’s signing.
It was seen by 22,921 fans, a record for LAFC’s BMO Stadium.
It’s also one of the most requested tickets in MLS’s 27-year history.
According to TickPick, the match’s average purchase price was $717, which is 515% higher than the $110 before he signed.
For comparison, the average purchase price for Beyoncé’s concert at SoFi Stadium was $493.
Celebrities in attendance included Prince Harry, LAFC co-owner Will Farrell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Owen Wilson, Mario Lopez and Edward Norton.
“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunting were also present at the game.
Messi fired a shot wide open in front of the net in the 38th minute, but McCarthy used his left foot to make the save.
Farías, who turned 21 on August 28, made his second start since joining the club at the end of July and scored his first goal in the 14th minute.
Tomas Avilés delivered a superb pass through midfield as Farías ran down the right side of the pitch.
Farías had an opening between two LAFC defenders and made a sliding shot with his outstretched right foot that beat LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy, who hit the far post and rebounded.
Alba doubled LAFC’s advantage in the 51st minute with a left foot.
Messi made a 2v1 breakaway in the 83rd minute before moving on to Campana, who fired a shot wide open at the net.
Hollingshead avoided the shutout with a header from a corner.