Lionel Messi: Top five Argentina goals

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Lionel Messi took his international goals tally to 37 on Tuesday night after scoring a brace in Argentina's 5-2 win over Paraguay.

The result means that Argentina and their star man Messi will be in Brazil next summer for the 2014 World Cup finals.

On this occasion, Messi scored both of his goals from the penalty spot, but at least five of his 37 goals have been spectacular.

So, let's look back at Messi's finest goals since he made his debut for La Albiceleste back in 2005.

5. Lionel Messi v Paraguay | September 2012

An exquisite free-kick from fully 35 yards which flew over the wall and curled beautifully past the outstretched Paraguayan goalkeeper.

This memorable strike, scored in the 2014 World Cup qualifying rounds, helped Argentina secure a convincing 3-1 victory in Cordoba.

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4. Lionel Messi v Brazil | November 2010

A magical goal from the world's most magical player, scored against Argentina's fierce rivals Brazil in a mid-season friendly.

With the scores locked at 0-0, Messi eventually broke the stalemate in stoppage time with this stunning solo effort.

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3. Lionel Messi v Colombia | November 2007

Argentina lost this 2010 World Cup qualifier against Colombia, but Messi's fabulous goal will live long in the memory.

After being fouled, Messi quickly picked up the ball and sprinted towards goal - drifting past a couple of Colombian challenges - before lashing the ball into the corner of the net.

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2. Lionel Messi v Mexico | July 2007

Still relatively early in Messi's career, the Barcelona superstar enhanced his burgeoning reputation with this classy lob against Mexico at the 2007 Copa America.

The diminutive forward found himself in space on the right-hand side of the box, killed Carlos Tevez's pass with an expert touch and then produced a sensational chip over the Mexican goalkeeper.

It didn't look possible - but Messi proved otherwise.

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1. Lionel Messi v Brazil | June 2012

This goal would not have looked out of place in a Roy of the Rovers comic.

With the scores between Argentina and Brazil locked at 3-3, Messi completed his hat-trick in the closing stages of this friendly with an extraordinary goal.

After bamboozling Marcelo deep into the opposition half, Messi only had one thing on his mind. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner sprinted towards goals in a diagonal line, before setting himself and arrowing an unstoppable 25-yard strike into the top-corner of the net.

Pure genius from arguably the best player of all time.

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