In a friendly on Sunday night, Argentina beat Estonia 5-0. All five goals were scored by Lionel Messi.
Messi kept scoring goals for his country. On Wednesday at Wembley Stadium, he scored a fantastic five as Argentina beat Italy in the Finalissima. The 34-year-old was the mastermind behind two of Argentina’s three goals at Wembley, but he scored against Estonia to give him 86 international goals in his 162nd game.
The star of Paris Saint-Germain scored the first goal with a penalty kick in the eighth minute. By the 47th minute, he had scored his hat-trick. Messi scored his eighth hat-trick for Argentina in international play, but things were about to get better for the playmaker.
He added two more goals in the 71st and 76th minutes. This was only the second time in his career that he scored five goals in a single game. The first time was in March 2012, when Barcelona beat Bayer Leverkusen 7-1.
Messi’s efforts also tied the record for the most goals scored by Argentina in a single game. He already had a big lead as Argentina’s top goal scorer, but now he has tied Manuel Seoane in 1925 and Juan Marvezzi in 1941 by scoring five goals in a single game.
Gary Lineker, a former striker for England, wrote a very nice tweet about Messi. Lineker wrote, “The amazing Lionel Messi has scored all 5 of Argentina’s goals tonight.” “It’s surprising, but he’s not better than the other greats because he scores goals. He can also pass and dribble the ball as well as anyone who has ever played the game. The Christ.”
Messi is fourth on the list of most international goals scored, behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (115), Ali Daei of Iran (109), and Mokhtar Dahari of Malaysia (98). (89). Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal in the first half of their Nations League match against Switzerland on Sunday night. This added to the number of goals he already had.
In the friendly between the fourth-ranked team in the world by FIFA and the 108th-ranked team, Estonia, there was only one way to go. Messi’s team had 79 percent of the possession and made 918 passes while their opponents only made 240. Argentina took 24 shots at Estonia’s goal, and 10 of those shots were on target.
Messi played up front with Julian Alvarez, a new player for Manchester City, and Juan Correa. Rodrigo de Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, and Papu Gomez played in the middle as Lionel Scaloni changed his lineup.
Messi has won just about every competition there is, but he is still missing one trophy. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year is likely to be the former Barcelona star’s last chance to win the famous trophy, so he is determined to make the most of it.
This week, he said, “We keep growing, that’s what we want.” “We are working every day to get better. We keep saying that we are not the favorites, but we will fight against anyone because this group is hopeful and has clear goals.
“We must keep improving. Now that we have important games in September, we need to work and get better so that we can do the best we can at our first World Cup.