Washington: Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi took a break from football, joining Argentinian team-mates at the Washington Wizards' home NBA game against the Indiana Pacers.
Lionel Messi watches an NBA match between Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers with his teammates at Verizon Center, Washington. Pic/Getty Images/AFP
Messi posted a photo of the action at the Wizards' Verizon Center arena on his Instagram account, captioned "viendo basquet" — watching basketball.
Plenty of NBA fans in attendance displayed their soccer savvy, posting pictures of Messi and his team-mates on social media sites.
The Wizards posted a video clip of the Argentina players arriving at the game in their blue track suits.
A photo of Messi was captioned "our special guest for #WizPacers" although it's likely the Argentinians were backing countryman Luis Scola and his Pacers, who edged the Wizards 103-101.
Messi and Argentina are due to take on El Salvador in a friendly in Washington on Saturday. Although reports earlier this week suggested a right foot injury could be serious enough to prevent Messi from playing in the friendlies, the Argentina Football Association said that all was well.