Argentina vs. Curaçao: Historic night for Lionel Messi as he scores three past the island country in the ongoing football friendlies


Argentina vs. Curaçao: Historic night for Lionel Messi as he scores three past the island country in the ongoing football friendlies
Argentina vs. Curaçao: Historic night for Lionel Messi as he scores three past the island country in the ongoing football friendlies
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1 April 2023, Bangalore, India  

The joy of the Argentine football team continues post-FIFA World Cup as they run a riot of goals against the island country Curaçao. The football match in Argentina was at one of the prestigious stadiums. The Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero saw many Argentine supporters who came in to support the great Argentine world cup winning team.

It floods with stars like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo De Paul, Christian Romero, Enzo Fernandes, and many more. Argentina struck past seven goals against the island country’s goalkeeper. 

Historic night for Lionel Messi
Argentina played their second international friendly against Curaçao (Image source: Vnexplorer.net)

Argentina played their second international friendly against Curaçao on 29th March 2023 after winning the most prestigious award in international football, the FIFA World Cup, in December 2022. This win takes them to an unbeaten streak of 8 games. It was a special win for every Argentina Fan and, especially for Lionel Messi, the seven-time Golden Ballon d’Or winner. Lionel Messi took his international goal tally to a total of 102 goals scored for the Argentina Senior team. 

Messi records goal 100th for Argentina
Messi records goal 100th for Argentina : (image source: clutchpoints.com)

On Wednesday, Messi took his international goal tally beyond 100 goals, an extraordinary feat achieved by only a few. He did it by scoring a hattrick of goals against Curaçao. All his goals came in the first half of the game. Messi scored his hattrick in a span of 17 minutes between the 20th minute to the 37th minute. The fans were enjoying every bit of the match, and Messi scoring a hattrick was icing on the cake. In Argentina’s first friendly after the World Cup final, Messi managed to score a wonderful free-kick goal from beyond the 18-yard box against Panama. This marked his 99th international goal. He did so after failing to score twice in the same match. He hit the post both times. It was an incredible goal, as it fetched Messi his 800th career goal. In that match, Argentina won against Panama by scoring two goals.

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With the ongoing form Argentina are in, they are expected to win more matches in front of them ahead before the club competition resumes. The other goalscorers in the match against Curaçao were Nicolas Gonzalez, Enzo Fernandes, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Montiel. Argentina created a lot of chances to grab their lead and eventually found seven such chances, which were converted into goals. 

Historic night for Lionel Messi as he scores three past
Argentina won against Panama by scoring two goals (Image source: https://mundoalbiceleste.com/)

The fans at the stadium were delighted to see their national team perform and were satisfied with the results and how the team performed. The Argentine football team has two more friendlies to play for this year before they start preparing for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. They will play in the world cup qualifiers starting this September. With Argentina grabbing the 2022 FIFA World Cup against the likes of France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, and Brazil, they are already a favorite to win the 2026 FIFA World Cup, provided their talisman Messi keeps playing.

Historic night for Lionel Messi as he scores three past the island country in the ongoing football friendlies
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