Messi got the gift of scoring 100 goals Argentina cruised to a 7-0 win over Curaçao in their second friendly early Wednesday morning (March 29). Messi scored a hat trick in this match. However, after Messi’s first goal, the match referee gave the ball to the assistant.
After winning the World Cup last December, Argentina is playing an international match for the first time. After a win against Panama in the first match, the azure-blues got an easy win against Curaçao.
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The first goal in this match came from Messi’s feet. Messi scored the 100th goal of international football from Lo Celso’s pass. After the goal, the referee of the match, Gustavo Tejera, gave the ball to the assistant. Basically, the referee removed the ball after the match to give it to Messi as a commemoration of his 100th goal.
At the end of the match, Argentina Football Association President Tapia gave the ball to Messi as a souvenir. Tapia also gave Messi an Argentina jersey and a plate.
On this day, Messi set another record. Messi’s hat-trick against Curaçao is the fastest in international football. Messi completed the hat trick in just 18 minutes. Messi’s previous fastest hat-trick was against Panama. Argentina won that match 5-0. Messi scored all the goals. However, Messi’s fastest hat-trick in his football career was against Rayo Viocano. Messi scored a hat-trick in just 13 minutes against Rayo in 2015.
Meanwhile, only three footballers have scored 100 goals in international football. Iran’s former striker Ali Daiyi touched the first hundred goals in history. Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the second footballer to score a hundred goals. He is now the highest goalscorer in history with 122 goals. And Messi became the third person to reach 100 goals (102 goals).