The Barça player was the man of the match in the international friendly between Argentina and Brazil in New Jersey. The Argentine scored three goals, the last one was truly a work of art, as he led his team to victory
Javier Mascherano also featured in Argentina's line-up against Brazil at MetLife Stadium
Leo Messi dazzled the world once again. This time he was in the Argentina jersey at MetLife stadium in New Jersey (U.S.A) playing in a friendly between two of the best national teams in the world: Argentina and Brazil. Barça’s number 10 had a slow start to the game but once he plugged into the match he was unstoppable proving once again that he’s the best footballer on the planet. Javier Mascherano also had a notable performance.
Brazil scored the first goal of the match. On the 22nd minute, Rómulo latched onto the free kick taken by Neymar to send the ball into the back of the Argentina goal. Messi scored the first of his three goals eight minutes later. Barça’s striker ran onto the ball after a superb pass from Higuaín, outpaced two Brazilian defenders and sent the ball to the far post as Rafael rushed out of goal to meet him. Minutes later he scored his second. In three minutes Messi had turned the game around. The teams went to the break with 2-1 on the scoreboard.
A work of art to complete the hat-trick
Brazil came out swinging in the second half and on the 56th minute they managed to grab the equaliser thanks to a goal from Oscar after a good give-and-go with Leandro Damião. Brazil went on to score the go-ahead goal on 71 minutes thanks to Hulk’s goalscoring ability. There was still time for Argentina to mount a comeback. Four minutes later Fernandez made it three-all as he headed in a corner taken by ‘El Kun’ Aguero. It was a festival of goals in New Jersey to the delight of the crowd at MetLife Stadium, but the best was yet to come. With six minutes to go before the end of the match Messi stepped up to put the final touches on the exciting clash between the two South American giants. The player received the ball in the midfield, beat Marcelo and raced toward the Brazilian goal, as he neared Brazil's area he beat another defender and unleashed a shot that sent the ball sailing into the upper 90 of Rafael’s goal. The spectators erupted with joy with Messi’s third goal. Minutes later the referee blew the final whistle, Argentina claimed victory over Brazil with a stunning hat-trick from Leo Messi.