LIONEL MESSI overtook Ferenc Puskas to become the fourth highest goalscorer in international football after scoring all FIVE goals against Estonia.
The 34-year-old scored all five of Argentina’s goals in the friendly against the European Minnows at Spain’s Estadio El Sadar.
Paris Saint-Germain ace Messi staged another masterclass just days after his man of the match against Italy in the Finalissima.
The seven-time Ball d’Or winner broke the lead with an eighth-minute penalty against Estonia before conceding another just before half-time.
Messi completed his hat-trick two minutes after half-time to level with Hungarian legend Puskas on 84 international goals.
He then struck in the 71st and 76th minutes to take his tally to 86 goals in 162 games for the South American giants.
Only Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (117), Iran’s Ali Daei (109) and Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari (89) have scored more goals than Messi.
It’s the first time Messi has scored five times for Argentina.
And it’s only the second time Messi has accomplished the feat, having scored five goals in Barcelona’s 7-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2012 Champions League.
Messi could also rival Manuel Seoane in 1925 and Juan Marvezzi in 1941 by scoring five goals in a single game for Argentina.
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Speaking about Argentina earlier this week, the ten-time LaLiga champion said: “We keep growing, that’s what we’re looking for.
“We work every day to keep improving.
“We keep saying we’re not the top favourite, but we’re going to play everyone because this group is hopeful, they have clear goals.
“We have to keep improving. Now we have important games in September, we have to work and improve to do our World Cup debut in the best possible way.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5495985/argentina-lionel-messi-five-goals-estonia/ Lionel Messi scores ALL FIVE goals as Argentina beat Estonia to pass Puskas as fourth-highest goalscorer of all time with 86 goals