Lionel Messi breaks Argentina’s record for most amount of goals scored at the World Cup
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Lionel Messi has now officially surpassed Gabriel Batistuta to become Argentina's all-time top scorer at the World Cup.
With a deftly-played penalty strike against Croatia in the semi-finals, Messi's goal sailed to the back of the net at the top right corner.
The goal brings his tally up to a total of 11 goals in the elite competition.
ITV co-commentator Ally McCoist claimed the effort was 'unstoppable' and well, it's hard to disagree.
Take a look at that spot-kick below.
Argentina have one foot in the final... and it's that man again!! 🤩🇦🇷— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 13, 2022
Lionel Messi overtakes Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's top scorer at World Cup finals with 11 goals! 🙌#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/C8haTlVGb1
The game had turned on its head, despite Croatia initially frustrating Argentina in the opening stages with some precise and, at times, slow build-up play.
They dominated possession for large spells and Messi was essentially pressed out of the game.
In fact, the star footballer, who could be seen stretching his hamstring throughout the first-half, struggled to find space, even when he dropped into deeper areas.
That was, until Messi's incredible goal.
Messi's penalty has some saying it's one of the best of his career.
The game then began to slip away from underdogs Croatia, who struggled to deal with the attacking flair of Argentina.
Messi’s goal was given even more of a buffer only minutes later, with Argentina’s Julian Alvarez finding the back of the net to put Argentina up another point after some calamitous defending from a usually solid Croatia.
That made the score a sweet 2-0 in favour of Argentina in the first half.
The two goals left Argentina sitting pretty, with the South American side storming to a World Cup final after easily booting out Croatia in Lusail.
"That was just genius...!"— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 13, 2022
Lionel Messi leaves the commentary panel lost for words with this beautiful piece of skill to gift Argentina a third goal... 🙌🇦🇷#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/2KjMWqMjyA
But, even though he'd already made history during the game against Croatia, Messi wasn't done just yet.
Again, he left ITV commentators speechless as he showed off his skills to nab a third goal for Argentina.
Messi's third was enough to bring Argentina out in front to an unbeatable lead, with the final whistle sounding at 3-0.
This has put Argentina through to the finals and Croatia set to battle it out for third spot.
It all now hangs in the balance of the France v Morocco game, which will determine who Croatia will face off against for third place and who Argentina will battle in the final.