Lionel Messi scored five goals for Argentina for the first time in a 5-0 win over Estonia in a friendly in Spain on Sunday. So he became the fourth-highest scorer for a national team in men’s soccer.
The goals in Messi’s solo performance were made in the 8th minutes from the penalty spot, 45th, 47th, 71st and 76th minutes.
Former player Gary Lineker must say: “Messi is phenomenal when he scored all 5 goals for Argentina. Amazingly, it’s not the goals scored that elevate him above other greats. He is also an expert in creating and passing the ball better than anyone in football.”
This is also the second time Messi has scored 5 goals in a match. The first time was 5 goals against Bayern Leverkusen on 7/3/2012. This victory helped Barcelona win 7-1 in the second leg of the 1/8 Champions League round.
Before the goals against Estonia, Messi has never scored more than 3 goals for Argentina. However, he changed this in the early morning match of 6/6 to score 5 goals in 1 game for the first time for Albiceleste.
In addition, Messi now has 86 goals scored for the national team in international tournaments.
The 34-year-old Messi provided two assists last week as Argentina beat Italy 3-0 in the South American and European champions’ first Finalissima final. Last year, he helped Argentina win the Copa América for its first major title with the national team.
On June 11, Argentina continued to play a friendly match against Brazil at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium, Australia.