The reigning World Footballer of the year achieved another feat yesterday with his country as his superb free-kick made him the highest goal scorer for his country as Argentina beat USA 4-0 reach Sunday’s Copa America final.
Messi, 28, passed Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal tally with a 25-yard strike.
Messi provided the assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opener, then scored his stunner before Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain fired in to make it 3-0.
Higuain scored with a tap-in in the 85th minute to complete the rout.
“I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta’s record and I want to thank my team-mates, it’s theirs as well,” said Messi, who turns 29 on Friday.
Argentina will play either Colombia or reigning champions Chile, who meet in Chicago on Wednesday.
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