Lionel Messi breaks Argentina scoring record
HOUSTON (92 News) – Lionel Messi added another record to his CV on Wednesday as he broke Argentina’s all-time goalscoring record in a 4-0 victory over the United States to book a place in the Copa America final.
The South American superstar surpassed Gabriel Batistuta’s 54 international goals with the kind of free-kick Barcelona fans are used to seeing week-in week-out.
Messi’s brilliance inspired the victory that puts Argentina in the Copa America final where they will face either Colombia or reigning champions Chile.
The five-time world player of the year has five goals in this year’s tournament as he aims to lead Argentina to their first major title in 23 years.
Argentina will seek its first major title since the 1993 Copa tournament — and its first since Messi’s debut in 2005 — when it plays Chile or Colombia on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. The squad might be without Lavezzi, who fell backward over an advertising sign board and appeared to land hard on his left arm before leaving the game on a cart.
Top-ranked Argentina outclassed the U.S. from the opening whistle and stunned the sellout crowd of 70,858 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.