Lionel Messi scored a first half hat-trick against Curacao in their final friendly in this international break. With this hat-trick, he also surpassed 100 career goals for Argentina.
With a right-footed drive from the edge of the box in the 20th minute of the international friendly versus the Caribbean team, Messi, 35, became the 1st player to score 100 goals for Argentina. He added his 101st goal for Argentina with a crossed shot to the right of the goalkeeper with a Nico Gonzalez assist and his 102nd goal after an easy run to score.
Lionel Messi inspired the Argentine team to an easy win over Curacao in front of their home crowd, making the opponents look average.
Fans react to Lionel Messi hat-trick vs Curacao
Fans went into a frenzy on Twitter as they saw a masterclass performance from the Argentine captain. Some fans even started drawing comparisons of Lionel Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Better than Penaldo.”
Another fan claimed that Messi deserved an easy opponent as he wrote:
“The deserved statpad sesh for the GOAT.”
Below are some of the best reactions on the outstanding performance of Messi from Twitter:
IF MESSI DOESNT WIN HIS 8TH BALLONDOR IT IS RIGGED 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— real (@nccsso) March 29, 2023
Leo Messi has 28 G/A in the last 14 games for Argentina. 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/mWucwHXuSl
— All About Argentina 🛎🇦🇷 (@AlbicelesteTalk) March 29, 2023
Lionel Messi awarded with an Argentina shirt with the 100 on it to represent his 100 goals with Argentina. Messi with AFA president Chiqui Tapia and Sergio Goycochea. pic.twitter.com/q2CeqynOtz
— Mundo Albiceleste ⭐🌟⭐🇦🇷 (@MundoAlbicelest) March 29, 2023