5 Best Lionel Messi’s Performances For Argentina

If Argentina is to win their third World Cup, one player in particular bears a huge share of workload.

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, is the Argentine captain, and the crowd expects him to put on a show in the World Cup. 

Also, the Rosario native will be eager to add to his already impressive international highlight reel.

Here are five best Lionel Messi’s performance for Argentina national team:

1. Versus Nigeria, 2014 World Cup Group Stage (June 25, 2014)

Messi scored in the third minute after Di Maria’s deflected shot fell into the path of Lionel Messi. Nigeria equalized immediately but Messi once again gave Argentina the lead with a sublime free kick.

Nigeria opened the second half with another goal but Messi’s corner in the 50 minute was converted by Marcus Rojo to send Argentina to the Round of 16.

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2. Versus Brazil, International friendlies, (June 9, 2012)

This game was a superb thriller with Argentina coming from behind three times to register a 4-3 victory. Messi equalized for Argentina in the 31 minute after a through pass gave him a chance to run clear and finish cleanly.

A very similar pass three minutes later resulted in Argentina taking the lead with Messi going around the keeper this time and finishing with ease.

The winner was the highlight as Messi cut inside from the right flank and his shot from outside the box thudded into the top left corner of the goalpost.

3. Versus Panama, Copa America Group Stage (June 11, 2016)

After missing the first game, Messi was back for the second game against Panama and put on a brilliant performance once again.

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He extended Argentina’s lead in the 68 minute after a defensive error from Panama. 10 minutes later, Messi earned a free-kick after being fouled few yards outside of the box and converted it with absolute nonchalance.

Another defensive lapse provided Messi some space to shoot and register a magical nineteen minute hat-trick.

4. Versus Ecuador, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (October 11, 2017)

Ecuador scored first to stun everyone but a lovely piece of link-up play between Messi and Di Maria resulted in an equalizer. For his second goal, Messi snatched the ball from the opposition defender’s feet and finished cleanly.

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Another piece of sublime finishing resulted in a hat-trick for the little magician as he saved his country yet again.

5. Versus Bolivia, Copa America Semi-final (July 1, 2015)

Argentina took the lead after Messi’s precise cross from a set-piece was duly converted by Marcos Rojo. Pastore scored Argentina’s second after a neat pass from Lionel Messi.

In a comical moment in the second half, Messi’s fast feet resulted in Paraguay’s defenders tackling each other in the lead-up to Di Maria’s second goal.

Although he did not score a goal, Messi registered a hat-trick of assists to take Argentina to the final.

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