Messi nets hat-trick, makes history as Argentina topple Haiti 4-0
Argentina started its preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with an international friendly match against Haiti at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires this Tuesday, May 29. La Albiceleste pulled off an impressive 4-0 win against the Islanders and the standout from the game was easily Jorge Sampaoli’s best player, Lionel Messi.
The Argentine superstar is seeking redemption in this next World Cup after the events in the 2014 edition of the competition. Messi showed off some of that motivation as he led his team to a victory with a hat-trick that put him in the history books.
Messi’s three goals in the game put him at 64 in his career, which now surpasses Ronaldo Nazario as the South American player with the second-most international goals, behind the Brazilian icon Pele.
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
The only other goal of the night at La Bombonera came from Sergio Aguero, who entered the game in the 59th minute. Jorge Sampaoli went with a 4-2-3-1 formation and started Willy Caballero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Otamendi, Eduardo Salvio, Giovani Lo Celso, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Manuel Lanzini, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentine manager made six substitutions in the match and perhaps his most intriguing decision was to start the veteran Willy Caballero in between the sticks. After Sergio Romero’s injury, it is still unclear as to who will start in net for Argentina and it could potentially be Caballero.
La Albiceleste will now face Israel on June 9 before beginning its World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16.