Lionel Messi lights up Arrowhead in front of Patrick Mahomes! Chiefs QB among record crowd of 72,000 as Inter Miami star scores wondergoal before Luis Suarez secures win against Sporting Kansas City

Lionel Messi took over Arrowhead Stadium in front of Patrick Mahomes as Inter Miami secured a dramatic victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

With Chiefs quarterback Mahomes watching from the stands as part of a record crowd of more than 72,600, Messi scored a wondergoal and created another in Miami’s 3-2 victory.

Luis Suarez secured the three points with the winning goal, 19 minutes from time, after Tata Martino’s side came from behind to earn a first win in a month.

Mahomes and Messi shared a warm embrace before the game, with the Super Bowl champion watching alongside his wife Brittany and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. ‘Good luck man, have fun out there,’ Mahomes could be heard saying.

Sporting KC typically plays Major League Soccer games at the 18,500 capacity Children’s Mercy Park. With the Argentina superstar in town, however, the game was moved to the home of the city’s NFL team.

Mahomes is used to being the center of attention at Arrowhead but on Saturday night it was the turn of soccer great Messi.

The 36-year-old now has five goals and five assists in five games this season. On Saturday, he netted a terrific strike from outside the box to put Inter Miami in front shortly after half-time.

The visitors had fallen behind early to a goal from Erik Thommy, only for Messi to lay on a goal for Diego Gomez with a pinpoint through-ball.

Thommy levelled the game at 2-2 with half an hour left before Suarez tapped in at the back post to secure the three points in front of a club-record crowd of 72,610 – the third highest attendance in MLS history.

Patrick and Brittany Mahomes – a former soccer player – are co-owners of the local women’s team, the Kansas City Current.