Ryan Reynolds brought his daughter James to watch his football team play

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Ryan Reynolds the owner of Wrexham signs autographs for supporters prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wrexham and Sheffield United at Racecourse Ground on January 29, 2023 in Wrexham, Wales.
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ICYMI, Ryan Reynolds — the Canadian actor from Deadpool and Blake Lively's husband — bought a Welsh football team back in 2021. We know, we were surprised by this turn of events too.

He and fellow actor Rob McElhenney ~teamed~ up to invest in Wrexham Association Football Club, with the hopes of elevating the team to more prestigious leagues, according to CNN.

On Sunday, Ryan made the trip over to the UK to watch his team play in the FA Cup against Sheffield United, and he brought along the perfect guest: his and Blake's daughter James, 8. He also brought Shawn Levy, who directed The Adam Project, according to Us Weekly.

Whilst the match was off to a bad start for Wrexham, the game ended in a 3-3 draw.

Afterwards, Ryan tweeted: "When @RMcElhenney and I got into this it all felt so impossible. But impossible is @Wrexham_AFC’s favourite colour. That was one of the most exciting things I’ve EVER seen. Thank you each and every Wrexham supporter who came out and aimed your heart at that pitch tonight"

Meanwhile, Blake trolled her husband by posting an Instagram Story photo of him with the caption: "I bought ESPN+ today just to watch my husband experience crippling anxiety live. Worth it."

It was a big deal for James to come along to such a public event, because Ryan and Blake rarely step out with their kids in public settings. They have spoken out at length in the past about their choice to protect the children's privacy, which sadly isn't always respected.

The couple, who got married in 2012, share daughters James, Inez, 6, and Betty, 3, with Taylor Swift famously revealing the youngest's name in her song "Betty." The famous couple are also currently expecting their fourth child together.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.