Lionel Messi signed a hat-trick, early this Wednesday, in the rout (7-0) of Argentina against Curaçao, and joined the restricted group of players who scored 100 or more goals at the service of their selections. Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 122 goals.
Faced with the fragile set of South America, the Albiceleste applied plate seven. Lionel Messi opened the scoring and scored two more goals, Nico González, Montiel and former Benfica players Angel Di María and Enzo Fernández also helped the robust victory. Otamendi was in the starting line-up but ended up being substituted during the second half, on the other hand, on Curaçao’s side, good-natured Kenji Gorre also played at the start.
The match, played in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, proved to be special for Messi, who became the third footballer to surpass the 100 goal mark for his national team. Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear leader, with 122 in 198 games, followed by Ali Daei, from Iran, with 109 after 148 games. Messi already has 102 goals in 174 international appearances.
At the end of the match, the players went around the field to show off the world champion trophy won in December in Qatar.