Argentina striker Lionel Messi scored five goals in Sunday’s 5-0 friendly win over Estonia, which helped him surpass Hungary’s Great Ferenc Puskas as one of the highest international scorers of all time.
The former Barcelona player was able to shine once again on Spanish soil in a match at the El Sadar Stadium in the northern city of Pamplona, 430 kilometers away from what he has called home for 21 years.
Messi, who has now netted 86 times in 162 international appearances, opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the eighth minute as he waited for goalkeeper Matvei Egonen to make a promise before throwing the ball into the bottom right corner.
The 34-year-old doubled Argentina’s lead just before halftime, adding another goal in the second half. He sealed the score with two more strikes in the 61st and 6th minutes.
Argentina are behind former captain Hungary and – on four occasions – the Spain forward, who has scored 84 goals in 89 games.
Messi is now in third place, three goals behind former Malaysian forward Mokhtar Dahari. Iran’s Ali Dai (109) is second and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is in first place with 117 goals.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is also the first player to net five times in both a single European Cup or Champions League match and an international match at the senior level.
He found himself behind the net five times before 10 years ago when Barcelona beat Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in the last 16 second leg of the Champions League at Camp Nou.
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