Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s 4-0 victory over Guatemala to take his goal record to 35 and surpass the legend Diego Maradona’s international tally.
The Barcelona forward appeared as a substitute in the recent world cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador. Messi opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, and he got an assist when Augusto Fernandez got onto the end of his cross to head in and double their lead in the 35th minute.
It only took another four minutes before the score was 3-0 as Messi converted a penalty to level his record with Maradona’s. He completed his hat-trick for his country just four minutes after halftime when Ezequiel Lavezzi crossed the ball low into the box from the right for the Balon d’Or winner to side-foot in.
“That was the least important thing,” Messi said when speaking to TyC Sports when asked about overtaking Maradona’s record. “We wanted to play well in this friendly. The team’s attitude was right.”
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