Tuesday night was special for Lionel Messi.
Not only did his Argentinian side reach the final of Copa America, he also broke Gabriel Batistuta’s goal scoring record for the national team.
But it was never going to be a tap-in to bring up Messi’s 55th goal for Argentina - it was an absolute pearler.
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With his side leading USA 1-0 in their semi-final, the Barcelona superstar lined up a free-kick about 25-yards out.
Messi opted the curl the ball the goalkeepers side and right into the top corner. It was inch perfect and simply magnificent.
But a video has emerged that has made the goal look even better.
A fan that was lucky enough to witness Messi’s masterclass first hand and knew something special was about to happen when the forward placed the ball down. He reached for his phone and filmed the spectacular free-kick.
With the supporter sitting a few rows behind the goal, you can see just how special Messi’s effort was as it curled away from Brad Guzan in the USA goal.
Simply breathtaking. Take a look at the video below:
After breaking Batistuta’s record, Messi was never going to take all the credit and humbly thanked his teammates:
“I am happy. I am grateful to all my team-mates, and everyone who I have had the chance to play with for Argentina,” he said, per FourFourTwo.
“This record is thanks to them as well."
Messi is now edging towards winning his first international trophy with his Argentina side facing Columbia or Chile in the final.
After the devastation of losing the 2014 World Cup Final to Germany in extra-time and the 2015 Copa America to Chile on penalties, Messi is desperate to make this one count.
"The objective when we arrived was to play another final, and we have made it,” he said.
"From the first day we have done things spectacularly well, and we deserve to be here.
"I hope this one does not escape. We deserve success for all the work we have been doing these past few years."
After the match, Gerardo Martino heaped praise on his captain: It makes me very happy what he has done. Very pleased that has been in this Copa America,” the 53-year-old said.
"It is great that the best player in the world is the leading scorer of the Argentina national team.
"But knowing how he is, he is happier about the team."
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