10 OF MESSI'S BIGGEST ARGENTINA MOMENTS
MATCH takes a look back at ten of Lionel Messi's top moments for his country!
1. DEBUT DISASTER!
Leo’s first game was against Hungary in 2005, but he only spent two minutes on the pitch before being sent off for lashing out at a defender!
2. GOAL NO.1!
His first goal was v Croatia in 2006, and it was classic Messi! He cut in from the right and curled the ball past the keeper!
3. WORLD CUP WONDERKID!
Messi’s World Cup debut against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006 made him Argentina’s youngest-ever World Cup player!
4. COPA HEARTACHE!
Messi scored twice and won the Young Player Of The Tournament award on his way to the 2007 Copa America Final, but he lost 3-0 to Brazil!
5. GOLD MEDALIST!
Argentina got their revenge against Brazil in the Olympic semis in 2008, as Messi fired his team to the first and only international title of his career!
6. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC!
After new manager Alejandro Sabella was put in charge in 2011, one of the first things he did was make Messi the team’s skipper!
7. WORLD CUP FINAL AGONY!
Leo won the Golden Ball at World Cup 2014, but it was heartbreak again as Argentina were beaten in the final by Germany!
8. COPA NIGHTMARE!
One year after the World Cup defeat, Messi lost another final as Argentina were beaten on pens by Chile at the 2015 Copa America!
9. RECORD BREAKER!
At this summer’s Copa America, Messi overtook Gabriel Batistuta’s record of 54 goals for Argentina with a free-kick against USA!
10. COPA CRISIS!
Once again, he inspired his country to a final, and once again they lost on pens! Leo fired his spot-kick over the bar as Chile won the Copa again! He retired from international football after the match, but changed his mind two months later!