- Messi scored free kick
- Lone goal in match
- Handed Argentina 1-0 victory
WHAT HAPPENED? Argentina captain Lionel Messi scored a world-class free kick on his 176th international cap for The Selecao, handing them a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Conmebol World Cup qualifying.
The 36-year-old stood in front of the ball, knocked it over the wall and into the top-left corner of the net in the 78th minute, catching Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Galindez in the tracks where he stood.
Hate Messi at your own risk. What a free kick!— Manuel🇺🇸 (@manuel_UtD) September 8, 2023
¡Más que merecido👏!— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) September 8, 2023
🤩 Leo Messi sale entre aplausos a tomar un descanso y recibir la ovación de todo el Monumental.
🇦🇷 Argentina 1-0 Ecuador 🇪🇨
📺 EN VIVO por @Telemundo #RumboAlMundial #Somos26 #EliminatoriasSudamericanas pic.twitter.com/mGaSWnbaUR
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi has been in unreal form since arriving in MLS with Inter Miami. The Argentine won the Golden Boot award in the inaugural Leagues Cup with 10 goals in seven games for the Herons and has since scored 12 goals in all competitions for both club and country since his July 21 arrival stateside.
WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI?: The Argentina captain will take the pitch again for his country on Tuesday, September 12 when La Albiceleste take on Bolivia in another World Cup qualifier.