Lionel Messi breaks Argentina scoring record with absolutely perfect free kick against the U.S.

Going into the Copa America Centenario semifinals, there was a lot of optimism in the U.S. Once the home side made it through the group stage, there was a sense that anything could happen. Unfortunately for them, it was Lionel Messi that happened.

In the 32nd minute, Messi scored his 55th career international goal — surpassing Batistuta for Argentina’s all-time record — with a free kick that was so perfect 11 goalkeepers couldn’t have stopped it.

Before that, in just the third minute, Messi lobbed a perfect pass to Ezequiel Lavezzi for Argentina’s first goal.

Suddenly, those pre-match predictions in the U.S. were looking a bit silly. (Argentina went on to win 4-0. The U.S. didn’t have a single shot in the match.)

One comment

  1. Jennifer says:

    I was busy catching up on Mon & Tues Euro matches, so I missed this one, but seriously? 3 of 4 ‘analysts/experts’ (and I use those terms loosely) picked the US to win? Against Argentina? They did know that Argentina was the opponent, right?

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