Lionel Messi was back in action and back in the goals as he hit a hat-trick for Argentina in a World Cup warm-up game against Haiti in Buenos Aires.
It’s his 47th hat-trick for club and country, according to Squawka:
Lionel Messi has now scored 47 senior hat-tricks for club & country:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 30, 2018
• Barcelona (41)
• Argentina (6)
Warming up nicely. pic.twitter.com/aXut0Ano46
The Barcelona star opened his account from the penalty spot after PSG’s Giovani Lo Celso was brought down in the penalty area.
Messi had to wait until the second half to double Argentina’s lead when he tapped home from close range after the goalkeeper had parried a header from Lo Celso.
And the hat-trick goal arrived eight minutes later when Cristian Pavon pulled the ball back to Messi and he fired powerfully past the goalkeeper.
Messi then set up Sergio Aguero for Argentina’s fourth as they coasted to victory.
The Barcelona star is now below only Pele as the player who has scored the most goals for a South American country.
With his three goals, Lionel Messi has surpassed Ronaldo (the Brazilian) and is now on 64 goals, just 13 away from Pele who holds the record of most goals scored by a South American for his country. Via @SC_ESPN. pic.twitter.com/evY4IZMJqa— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) May 30, 2018
Argentina are in action again next weekend as they have another friendly scheduled against Israel before they open their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16.