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Lionel Messi produces classy solo dribble for Argentina v Bolivia.

Lionel Messi produces classy solo dribble for Argentina v Bolivia

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Lionel Messi scored his 50th goal for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Bolivia in World Cup qualifying on Monday night.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored from the penalty spot - yes, really - in the 30th minute to help secure another three points for the Albiceleste after Gabriel Mercado’s opener.

But the best moment of the match came on the hour-mark when Messi dribbled past four Bolivian players. You can watch Messi’s moment of magic by scrolling down this page.

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Messi started his run from near the halfway line, pretty much where Argentina’s right-back should have found himself at the time, and finished it seven seconds later inside Bolivia’s penalty area.

Unfortunately for Messi, his run resulted in a goal kick for Bolivia after he failed to beat a fifth opponent. Nevertheless, the Barcelona superstar’s mazy dribble got fans at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes off their seats, while it certainly excited the commentator.

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Video: Messi's dribble v Bolivia


Bonus video: Messi highlights

Messi pleased to reach 50 goals

To Messi, Argentina’s captain, all that mattered was the three points - although he admitted he was pleased to reach 50 goals for his country.

"I'm happy with goal number 50 but more because we won and this helps to keep growing," the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

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Messi becomes only the second player in Argentina’s history to score 50 international goals. He needs another seven more to surpass Gabriel Batistuta as the country’s all-time top goalscorer.

Argentina now third in qualifying group

Following back-to-back wins over Chile and Bolivia, Argentina now find themselves third in the South American qualifying group - two points behind leaders Uruguay.

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Argentina will play Uruguay in the next set of CONMEBOL qualifiers in September, followed by a match against the unfenced Venezuela six days later.

Barcelona can win another treble

In the meantime, Messi will be fully focused on helping Barcelona finish the season with silverware.

Luis Enrique will be hoping his star man isn’t feeling too exhausted after his exploits with Argentina ahead of Saturday evening’s La Liga clash against Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

Victory in that fixture and Barcelona will almost certainly finish the season as La Liga champions.

Also coming up for Messi and co. is that two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid.

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Barcelona have had the upper-hand on Atletico in recent seasons; however, Diego Simeone’s side knocked out the reigning European champions en route to the 2014 Champions League final and will be determined to repeat that particular feat next month.

And just like last season, Barcelona have a chance of winning all three major trophies.

On May 22, they take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final.

Will Lionel Messi inspire Barcelona to another treble this season? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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Barcelona
La Liga
Football
Argentina Football
World Cup
Lionel Messi

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