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Footage shows Lionel Messi sits down same Peruvian player twice as he scores brace for Argentina

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Lionel Messi showed outrageous skill by embarrassing an opponent twice in the same phase of play in Argentina’s win over Peru.

The 36-year-old phenom scored twice for the world champions in a 2-0 win over Peru in Lima, cementing their place at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying table.

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Messi won his 178th cap for Argentina on Tuesday evening.Credit: Getty
The 36-year-old was in fabulous form during the 2-0 win over Peru.

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The 36-year-old was in fabulous form during the 2-0 win over Peru.Credit: AFP

Messi was suffering from a scar tissue injury that kept him from playing for Inter Miami, but his display on Tuesday night showed it was business as usual.

This year’s Ballon d’Or favorite produced a daring play that left a Peruvian player in a heap…twice.

After receiving the ball in his own half, Messi slipped and turned near the touchline, leaving the Peruvian star dazed and on the turf.

In a desperate attempt to dispossess the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain player, the Peruvian stars overtook Messi, but their attempts quickly failed when Messi passed both players, leaving a player on the pitch for the second time right now.

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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has been left in disbelief at Messi’s performance level following injury.

He told reporters: “I saw Messi as if he had not been injured or arrested. »

The Argentine captain praised his team’s performance in an Instagram post: “Another important victory in Lima to continue moving forward together.”

Messi appears to have found another gear since leaving PSG in the summer, having produced a number of scintillating displays at club and international level.

The Argentine helped Inter Miami win their first ever piece of silverware by winning the League Cup in August.

His influence helped the South Florida club climb out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 11 goals in 13 games.

Messi recovered the ball under pressure deep in his own box

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Messi recovered the ball under pressure deep in his own box
But his turns and weaves were too difficult for a Peruvian player

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But his turns and weaves were too difficult for a Peruvian player
Peru's plan B was to overtake the Argentine captain

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Peru’s plan B was to overtake the Argentine captain
But Messi found a way past both players, leaving a Peruvian on the pitch for the second time.

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But Messi found a way past both players, leaving a Peruvian on the pitch for the second time.

He is joint top scorer in World Cup qualifying with three goals in four matches, with Argentina posting a 100 percent record.

Messi admits he has one eye on next summer’s Copa America in the United States, but his participation in the 2026 World Cup remains in doubt.

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