Argentina’s Lionel Messi was the star of the show in a 3-0 Copa America quarter-final triumph over Ecuador.
The 34-year-old was involved in all three goals, assisting on the first two and then finishing with a magnificent freekick in injury time.
Lionel Messi’s outstanding performance means he has already scored four goals in as many games at the tournament, making him the overwhelming favorite to win the Copa America Golden Boot in 2021.
Former teammate and Brazil great Neymar is Messi’s closest challenger in the Copa America Golden Boot contest, with two goals. Several additional players with two goals have been knocked out of the tournament since then.
Leo Messi now holds the record of most freekick goals (58) for club and country among active players, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo (57). pic.twitter.com/nOZAsK33pB— Argentina Football Media (Eng) 🇦🇷 (@ARG_soccernews) July 4, 2021
However, after Lionel Scaloni's appointment as manager, the national squad has been reformed, and a new generation of players has helped the team regain confidence. Lionel Messi is the driving force behind Argentina's comeback, and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's performance at the Copa America in 2021 underscores his commitment to ending his country's title drought. Brazil may be the favorites to retain their Copa America championship, but Argentina will fancy their chances of going all the way with Lionel Messi in such good form.