Lionel Messi is presently only two hat-tricks behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of top three-goals scorers in the 21st century.
The Argentina hotshot packed away three goals in his country’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday September 10, and now has 55 career hat-tricks to Ronaldo’s 57.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner needs only two more hat-tricks to rise to Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. Messi opened the scoring with a phenomenal shocker.
The 34-year-old got the ball with his back to goal, around 30 yards from the target. He turned rapidly and unquestionably opened it through the legs of a defender who was surging out to handle him.
Messi then, at that point went past this defender, moved the ball on to his more grounded left foot and twisted it past the Bolivian goalkeeper.
That was a stunning goal, but again proceeded to score two additional goals, as the Argentines moved to second in the South American 2022 World Cup qualification table. He celebrated this goal by kissing the Argentine flag and pointing at the team’s Copa America ‘champions’ logo.
Meanwhile, Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo also scored two goals against Newcastle on Saturday September 11 to make his second Man Utd debut a wonderful return.
Prior to winning the Copa American Cup for Argentina, Messi was constantly slammed for not investing a lot of energy in the national team, just as he does in his former team Barcelona. He progressively kept his cool, but eventually won the cup for his country for the first time as a captain.