Messi hat trick takes him past Maradona & into joint second in Argentina top scorers list

Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 – one win from their remaining three games is enough to secure their place. On Friday night, they celebrated with a friendly away to Guatemala. Not normally a fixture which would stand out especially, except that Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in a 4-0 win, which took him level with, and then past, Diego Maradona’s 34 goals for the Albiceleste. Messi now has 35, and is level with Hernán Crespo as joint-second top scorer in Argentina’s history. Gabriel Batistuta’s 56 is his next target. Augusto Fernández also chipped in – he scored Argentina’s second. You can see the goals right here.

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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, Cube Goal and anyone else who'll pay him. 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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