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.
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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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.
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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