Leo Messi reached another major milestone in his illustrious career as he scored his 100th international goal for Argentina in a comprehensive 7-0 win against Curaçao. The 35-year-old scored a hat-trick in the match, with his landmark goal coming after just 20 minutes of play. He then added two more goals to his tally in quick succession later in the first half.
Nicolás González and Enzo Fernández also got on the scoresheet to give Argentina a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime against a Curaçao side ranked 84 places below them in the FIFA rankings. The match remained goalless for much of the second half. But Ángel Di María and Gonzalo Montiel scored in the final 15 minutes to complete Argentina’s rout.
Messi’s latest achievement comes just days after he scored his 800th career goal in a friendly against Panama. He is now the third-highest international goalscorer of all time, with 102 goals to his name. He is 20 goals behind his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently holds the top spot with 122 goals, and seven goals behind Iran’s Ali Daei, who has 109 goals to his name.
Lionel Scaloni on Leo Messi
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni praised Messi’s achievement and expressed his hope that the forward would continue to score more goals for the national team. “He deserves all the praise, and it’s good that these goals have been on Argentine soil, that has a special value too,” he said.
The match was also a continuation of Argentina’s World Cup celebrations. As players wore commemorative jerseys during the presentation of a replica trophy in front of thousands of fans. Messi becomes the only player in history to score 100 goals and win a World Cup. Which he achieved with Argentina in 2022.
The latest feat of Leo Messi is a testament to his longevity and his continued excellence on the field. He has established himself as one of the greatest footballers of all time and shows no signs of slowing down. As he continues to chase Ronaldo’s record, football fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see if he can catch up and surpass his rival.