Lionel Messi signed pitch invader’s bare back after scoring for Argentina against Jamaica.
Tuesday night, Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, scored twice against Jamaica in a friendly to move up to third place among men’s international scorers.
In a friendly match on Tuesday at the Red Bull Arena in New York, Argentina trounced Jamaica 3-0, giving Lionel Messi a memorable evening.
To defeat a Jamaican team that featured Michail Antonio, Ravel Morrison, Adrian Mariappa, Leon Bailey, and Bobby Decordova-Reid, Argentina required two late goals from captain Messi, 35. Julian Alvarez, a striker for Manchester City, also scored in the opening period.
Messi was unquestionably the center of attention in New York, and his opening goal was outstanding. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scooped up the ball and drove at the defense in a distinctive manner before launching a shot from the edge of the box into the lower corner.
Messi’s second goal, which he scored from around the same distance as his first, was another magical moment. On this occasion, the Paris Saint-Germain attacker startled Jamaica by bending a free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner.
Messi’s brace not only confirmed Argentina’s victory but also moved him up to third place all-time in men’s international football scoring.
The legendary striker from Barcelona has already scored 90 goals for his nation, but he is still 27 goals short of Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible record.
The drama, however, continued on. A supporter approaching him from behind and curiously asking him to sign his back caused him to jump. Before the officials arrived, Messi complied and began signing the pitch invader.
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As Messi autographed the fan’s back, several stewards leaped on him and pushed the footballer aside. Messi was left perplexed while holding a pen. Three supporters are thought to have entered the field during the game on Tuesday night in an attempt to meet Messi.
The Jamaican team and coaching staff were equally impressed by the seasoned forward.
Before leaving the New York pitch with yet another victory under his belt, Messi signed autographs and posed for photos with members of the Jamaican team.
Before their World Cup campaign begins against Saudi Arabia six days later, Argentina only has one more friendly match left to play against the United Arab Emirates on November 16. The team led by Lionel Scaloni will also face Mexico and Poland in group play.
The only significant award Messi has not received during his illustrious career is the World Cup. Argentina was led by the striker to the 2014 competition final, where they fell to Germany 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of his performance, he was named Player of the Tournament.
Messi fought for many years to help Argentina prevail in important competitions. In 2007, 2015, and 2016, he was a member of the team that fell short in the Copa America final.
After the 2016 defeat, which was his third final defeat in three years, he announced his retirement from international football.
When Argentina overcame Brazil 1-0 to win the Copa America last year, Messi broke his duck and quickly returned to the international scene. Argentina won the Finalissima tournament in June after defeating Italy, the reigning European champion, 3-0 at Wembley.
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