If Brazil is in France to play its two friendlies before the World Cup, including a first win last night in Le Havre against Ghana (3-0), Argentina is located in Miami in the United States. This does not prevent them from having fun in their own way since, like their great South American rival, they won last night by the same scoreline 3-0 against Honduras. The great architect of this success is a certain Lionel Messi.
La Pulga scored two goals before the 64,420 spectators won over to his cause, including a penalty just before the break (45th+3). A quarter of an hour into the game, the PSG player was already at the origin of the goal signed by Lautaro Martínez (16th) by sneaking a subtle ball over the defense to Papu Gómez, the Inter striker’s passer. “With Messi there is always a party”even titled Olé this morning in reference to the recital of number 10.
Messi’s tremendous balloon
Because Messi’s performance did not stop there, quite the opposite. In the 69th minute of the game, Enzo Fernández intercepted a ball at the feet of a Honduran defender who immediately benefited from his seven-time Ballon d’Or. Without control and 30 meters from the goal, he launched a perfect and unstoppable lob into the opposing goal, incidentally offering the 34th consecutive game without knowing the defeat of his team, less than two months before the World Cup.
Probably his last great encounter with the Albiceleste. “We are as impatient as they are, but we have to stay calm. We have a great team but the World Cup is special. We have to go step by step” he tempered the star at the end of a match where he could even have finished off with a hat-trick in this last acrobatic recovery (85th). Not enough to spoil the party either before heading back to Jamaica on September 28.