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Watch: Leo Messi Breaks Argentina's Goalscoring Record With Other-Worldly Free-Kick

By Gavan Casey
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Lionel Messi and breaking records. It's like a broken record, at this stage.

The world's greatest footballer captained his side to a 4-0 victory over the USA last night in their Copa America semi-final, with the host side failing to register a shot either on or off target. And yes, it was that one-sided.

Messi provided two assists - the first a beautifully weighted first-time pass over the top for Ezequiel Lavezzi, the second a cut-back for Gonzalo Higuaín. Oh yeah - he also scored one of his best ever free-kicks and broke Gabriel Batistuta's goalscoring record for Argentina, with his 55th goal in 112 internationals. He really doesn't turn up for his country, does he?


There had been speculation that Batistuta had in fact scored 56 times for the Argies but it was confirmed midweek that two of those goals arrived against Slovakia's 'B' team, and so aren't recognised by FIFA.


And the new record-holder's effort - his fifth strike of the tournament - looked even better from the stands, particularly from behind the goal.

God bless America's need to video-record every waking moment of the day. Although you can hardly blame them on this occasion, considering the great man was within 30 yards of the goal.


Argentina will now play the winner of Colombia's semi-final with reigning champions Chile tomorrow night.

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