After Guatemala hat-trick, Messi now tied with Crespo on 35 Argentina goals, 21 behind Batigol

He may be the case of a fiscal fraud investigation, but Leo Messi didn’t have too taxing a time against Guatemala in Argentina’s 4-0 friendly win on Friday night.

Messi equalled Diego Maradona’s 33 with a classic golazo, overtook him for his 34th from the spot, and finished a square pass to equal Hernan Crespo’s 35.

Messi has scored his 35 Argentina goals in 82 games, which is clearly way off his Barcelona goals ratio.

Also, he has yet to score in a World Cup unlike his two elders.

For comparison, Hernan Crespo scored his 35 in 64 gamesm and Batistuta scored his 56 in 78 games.

Leo Messi’s Maradona-overtaking, Crespo-equalling hat-trick against Guatemala can be seen on the first clip below, while his first 30 goals with Argentina can be seen on the second.

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