Lionel Messi scored FIVE goals for Argentina in their 5-0 victory over Estonia.
After a sensational performance in Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Italy in Finalissima at Wembley, Messi followed that up with an absolute masterclass.
He opened the scoring after eight minutes from the penalty spot, smashing the ball into the bottom corner past Matvei Igonen.
VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s first goal
¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE #ARGENTINA, LO HIZO LIONEL ANDRÉS MESSI CUCCITTINI DE PENAL!👊🏼🤩🔥#VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/bWykb21ziw— Argentina Gol (@BocaJrsGolArg01) June 5, 2022
VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s second goal
¡EL SEGUNDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DE #ARGENTINA, DOBLETE DE LIONEL ANDRÉS MESSI CUCCITTINI!👊🏼🤩🔥#VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/7ZC0vaX098— Argentina Gol (@BocaJrsGolArg01) June 5, 2022
On the stroke of half time, he made it 2-0 with a brilliant finish from a tight angle.
Minutes after the break, he completed his hat-trick with a beautiful volley from a Nahuel Molina cross.
VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s third goal
¡EL TERCEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DE #ARGENTINA, HATTRIC DE LIONEL ANDRÉS MESSI CUCCITTINI!👊🏼🤩🔥#VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/ay2NBRaeG9— Argentina Gol (@BocaJrsGolArg01) June 5, 2022
But Messi wasn’t finished there.
With 20 minutes remaining, he scored his fourth to make it 4-0 in bizarre circumstances.
VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s fourth goal
¡EL CUARTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DE #ARGENTINA, SUPER HATTRICK DE LIONEL ANDRÉS MESSI CUCCITTINI!👊🏼🤩🔥🔥🔥#VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/0n4B6S28ZR— Argentina Gol (@BocaJrsGolArg01) June 5, 2022
Estonia’s defence thought the referee had blown his whistle and appeared to stop as the ball fell to Messi. But Messi didn’t stop as he calmly sat the goalkeeper on the floor before finishing.
VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s fifth goal
¡EL QUINTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DE #ARGENTINA, OTRA VEZ LIONEL ANDRÉS MESSI CUCCITTINI!👊🏼🤩🔥#VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/IhE6NUn0GW— Argentina Gol (@BocaJrsGolArg01) June 5, 2022
Minutes later, the ball fell to him kindly inside the penalty area and he finished for the FIFTH time.
Messi had suffered a fairly disappointing debut campaign at Paris Saint-Germain in 2021/22, scoring just six goals in Ligue 1.
However, the 34-year-old has shown he’s still one of the very best players around this last week for Argentina.
His performance against Italy was sensational as he ran the show to help Argentina lift the trophy at Wembley.
But his display against Estonia took things to another level.
Five goals in a 5-0 win. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Messi can now enjoy a rest over summer but if this performance is anything to go by, he’s nowhere near finished just that.
Get ready 2022/23 because Messi isn’t messing around.