5 Best goals of Lionel Messi for Argentina
Messi has scored 46 goals in 103 appearances for ArgentinaTime surely flies past very fast. And for Lionel Messi, that certainly has been the case. It was only sometime back that we remember the Barcelona star scoring his first goal for his nation in the group stages of the 2006 FIFA World against Serbia. Now, it has been almost a decade already.Monday marks the 10th anniversary of Messi in Albiceleste colours. The Barcelona star made his forgettable debut on this day in 2005 and got red carded after being 37 seconds on the pitch. But since then, he has built his own destiny and established himself as one of the greatest players ever to play the game.A worthy successor to Argentina legend Diego Maradona, Messi has been the talisman for his country and has been the driving force of his team. But contrary to his predecessor, the 28-year-old has failed to deliver international football’s ultimate prize- the FIFA World Cup for Argentina. Continuous comparisons have been drawn between the two geniuses and this one missing trophy from his cabinet is still a sort of a barrier in his way to claim the position as Argentina’s greatest. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner has simply been in a league of his own and has had his incredible moments when playing for his nation. We list down his five greatest goals.
#5 Messi vs Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2014 FIFA World Cup
Argentina were placed in Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup alongside Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria and obviously were deemed as favourites to go through to the round-of-16 as comfortable winners.
And the Albiceleste kicked off their road to reach the final against Bosnia in style with a 2-1 win over their European counterparts. And Messi was at the heart of every move as he bagged an assist before scoring a brilliant goal finishing off one of his trademark solo runs.
Messi started his run from 40 yards out and exchanged a one-two with Higuain which forced the Bosnian defenders to clash against each other before he perfectly created space for himself to place a low driven shot into the right corner.
The game was evenly contested in the first half but Argentina picked up the pace after the half time whistle and registered their first win of the tournament at the Maracana.