US Newspapers – Gabriel batistuta annoyed lionel messi broke his scoring document
US Newspapers – Gabriel batistuta annoyed lionel messi broke his scoring record
Published 0148 EST, 13 November 2017 Updated 0148 EST, 13 November 2017 Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has admitted that he was annoyed when Lionel Messi broke his international goalscoring record and believes the extraterrestrial Barcelona star will achieve double his total. Batistuta scored 54 goals in 77 appearances for Argentina between 1991 and 2002, only for his record to be exceeded by Messi at the Copa America Centenario last year. Messi has since increased his total to 61 and the 30yearold is set to establish a benchmark that is unlikely ever to be exceeded. Gabriel Batistuta scored 54 goals for Argentina, but found his total exceeded by Lionel Messi Barcelona star Messi became Argentinas alltime leading scorer last year and now has 61 61 Lionel Messi54 Gabriel Batistuta35 Sergio Aguero, Hernan Crespo34 Diego Maradona31 Gonzalo Higuain Sergio Agueros late winner in Saturdays friendly with Russia in Moscow took him to 35 Argentina goals, moving ahead of Diego Maradona and level with Hernan Crespo. But the Manchester City striker remains some way behind Messi and Batistuta, who paid tribute to the Barcelona man. Did it annoy me that Messi took the record? A little, yes, he told Telefe. It was a title that I held. Its not just any old thing. You go around the world and people say, Hes the top scorer for the Argentina national team. I think I got to 54 or something like that. Lionel has more and will get almost double what I did. But the advantage I have is that Im second to an extraterrestrial. Batistuta celebrates scoring a penalty in Argentinas shootout win over England at France 98 Batistuta was one of the great strikers and scored 54 for Argentina between 1991 and 2002 Batistuta believes Messi will go on to score double his tally for Argentina Sergio Aguero moved past Diego Maradonas goals total for Argentina on Saturday night Aguero sealed victory over Russia at the death in Moscow with a well placed headerHaving played against Russia in Moscow at the weekend, Messi will be rested for Tuesdays friendly against Nigeria in the Russian city of Krasnodar. It is part of a policy by coach Jorge Sampaoli to manager Messis workload and ensure he is in peak condition for the World Cup finals next summer. Batistuta does have one thing on Messi, however. He won the Copa America twice and the FIFA Confederations Cup, while Messi has never won a major international honour.
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