Lionel Messi left the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf,  a very happy man, and for good reason.  The victory in Argentina's friendly against Switzerland, 3-1, will stay forever etched in his mind, as it was the first time he scored a hat-trick wearing his national shirt . But apart from his particular success, Messi was happy with the win, and especially for the cohesion of the team.

Just after the game, Messi, who with these three goals has now scored 22 in 68 games for his country, said he was very happy "to have won and for these goals, which are very special because they are the first - the first hat-trick - with the national team.....it's been some time playing games without scoring, but I knew that the time would come. I'm leaving here feeling very happy" Messi explained.

But just like with Barça, Messi puts the collective triumph above the individual one, and gives great value to the fact that the Argentine squad is gaining more cohesion the more games they play: "The most important thing is that the team is developing and becoming stronger. It's what we're working on, trying to be strong as a group, trying and keeping growing. We have lots of things to improve on, and we know it, but it's a positive thing to win, so we can work together calmly". He insisted that:" We have to create a strong and united group to be able to achieve big things".

The Barça Messi

It could never be otherwise, but the press in Argentina paid homage to the Barça number 10, often referring to the fact that Messi played just as he does wearing the Barça shirt . This is the case of one of the main sports newspapers in the country 'Ole', which in its digital version dedicated a special front page to Messi, where he appears in a Barça shirt, in an article entitled "The Barça Messi!" In the printed version, titled "+10", it outlined that "Leo was the crack from Barcelona."

Precisely this last idea, the Barça Messi, was also prominent in other newspapers like the 'Cronica', pointing to a "brilliant performance like we've become accustomed to in Barcelona", or "Diario Popular" for whom "Leo was like the Barcelona player and it worked like clockwork". "The Messi of the People," in the newspaper 'Libre Deportivo'; "Messi's style" in "Muy de Buenos Aires'; "I'm Argentinian" in "La Razon"; "Argentina, with the brilliance of Messi" in the newspaper 'El dia'', or "Messi,  a godsend for Argentina" in 'La Nación' were other headlines of the day.

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