He finally did it.
Lionel Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading scorer with a wonder free-kick in a 4-0 demolition of the USA.
Argentina will go on to face either Chile or Colombia in Sunday’s Copa America final, and Messi’s men look firmly in the driving seat to bag their 15th Copa title (and their first since 1993).
Fans and pundits have accused Euro 2016 of lacking excitement, but the same accusation can’t be levelled at this year’s Copa America. Here are highlights from the incident-packed showdown between Argentina and USA.
Messi’s stunning recording-breaking goal
What. A. Goal. If you missed it, here’s Messi’s set piece cracker over and over again from different angles. That’s 55 goals in 112 appearances now from Barca’s magic man.
Messi"s Beautiful Freekick ???⚽️ pic.twitter.com/BiBwlqx6tz
— Frankie. (@Frankiee_909) June 22, 2016
Who Messi has overtaken
Messi’s record-breaking goal now takes him past Argentina legends Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo in the goal stakes. Intriguingly, Maradona is way behind on 34 goals… and will probably be overtaken by Sergio Agüero, too.
— Emilio Sansolini (@EmilioSansolini) June 22, 2016
Ezequiel Lavezzi’s horror injury
The Hebei China Fortune star’s Copa America is over after he broke his arm in a horrific tumble over the advertising hoarding.
This Lavezzi fall ??? pic.twitter.com/KFNk62ysJZ
— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) June 22, 2016
Messi worship hits next level
One Argentina fan got so carried away with his hero’s performance he ran onto the pitch before the start of the second half. The invader in question hugged Messi, bowed down before him then got him to sign his shirt. The man himself obliged.
— MiamiSun (@jperezmiami) June 22, 2016
Gonzalo Higuain shows Chelsea fans what they’re missing
The Napoli hotshot bagged a brace for Argentina, showing the kind of predatory goal-poacher instincts that Chelsea need. The Blues have been heavily linked to the striker, but Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wont’t be going anywhere.
Higuain's goal vs USA
Messi could've scored but he decided to pass.https://t.co/PYyQnztmPi
— The Catalan Giant (@TheCataIanGiant) June 22, 2016