FANS are labelled Lionel Messi ‘disgusting’ and called for his contract to be terminated for laughing after his team-mate missed a penalty.
Inter Miami took on Vissel Kobe in a friendly at the Japan National Stadium.
A penalty shoot-out followed to decide the winner and Vissel Kobe blinked first, but then Robert Taylor blazed over the bar from 12 yards.
That bizarrely sparked laughter from Messi and his team-mates Jordi Alba and DeAndre Yedlin.
Fans fumed in response as Vissel Kobe went on to win the shoot-out, with one labelling the superstar a “disgusting leader”.
Another added: “His contract should be terminated ASAP. Ridiculous.”
A third wrote: “Such a disgusting guy man, how can he laugh?”
And another commented: “My captain would NEVER.”
Inter Miami are in the Far East on their pre-season tour and took on a Hong Kong XI last week.
But fans were left outraged and demanded their money back after Messi was left on the bench, with Miami owner David Beckham even booed by the crowd.
Messi, 36, revealed he was injured and expressed his disappointment that he was unable to play.
He said: “Unfortunately in football things can happen in any game, that we may have an injury. It happened to me.
“I couldn’t play in the Hong Kong match, and it was a shame because I always wanted to participate, I wanted to be there and even more so when it came to these matches.
“When we travelled so far and people were so excited to see our matches…I hope we can return and we play another game and I can play as I do whenever I can.
“But the truth is that it is a game that I was not able to participate.”