Lionel Messi Scores Five To Overtake Puskas Tally

It is the 34-year-first old's five-goal performance for his country. In fact, he has only done it once before in his career, in a 7-1 Champions League victory for Barcelona over Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

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Lionel Messi Scores Five To Overtake Puskas Tally - SportRazzi
Lionel Messi Scores Five To Overtake Puskas Tally.

Argentina continued their fine form by thrashing Estonia in a friendly in Pamplona, Spain, with Lionel Messi scoring all five goals. On Wednesday, Argentina defeated Italy 3-0 in the Finalissima, a match between the champions of Europe and South America.

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Messi had two assists in that game and was back to his old self. He started the scoring with a penalty, and his fourth goal put him ahead of Ferenc Puskas, who had 84 goals for Hungary.

Lionel Messi is now the fourth-highest scorer in men’s international football, trailing only Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari (89), Iran’s Ali Daei (109) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (117).

It is the 34-year-first old’s five-goal performance for his country. In fact, he has only done it once before in his career, in a 7-1 Champions League victory for Barcelona over Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

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He would have been even closer to Ronaldo had he not scored twice in Portugal’s Nations League victory over Switzerland on Sunday. Messi’s goals in Pamplona showcased his diverse skill set.

After eight minutes, he put Lionel Scaloni’s team ahead with a calm penalty, then doubled the lead with a powerful side-footed effort into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

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