Argentines Abroad: Messi matches Icardi with a four-goal haul of his own (video)

Following Mauro Icardi’s ‘póker earlier on Sunday afternoon, Lionel Messi clearly felt unable to leave the youngster to hog all the limelight back in their homeland – and indeed their home town, since Icardi, like Messi, is from Rosario. Barcelona hosted Osasuna in the Camp Nou, and Messi hit four goals of his own as the hosts won 5-1 to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga. Sergio Araujo, the former Boca Juniors youngster, scored twice for Barςa B, but Messi left no doubt about who the main man is, once again.

In the other main Argentine news from Spain, Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid visited Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao, and got beaten 3-0, meaning Barcelona’s lead atop La Liga is now eleven points. And elsewhere, Javier Saviola got Málaga’s first goal, as they won 3-2 away to Real Mallorca (Martín Demichelis was sent off late on).

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Sam Kelly is an English football writer based in Buenos Aires, specialising in all things Argentina - the national team and the domestic league - and across South America for When Saturday Comes, ESPNFC, The Blizzard, Howler and the Hong Kong Jockey Club among others. He's also the presenter and producer of Hand Of Pod, the internet's finest - and, it's true, only Argentine football podcast. If you think you can afford him (and you probably can), please feel free to get in touch.
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