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Lionel Messi scored all five goals as Argentina beat Estonia

Lionel Messi scored all five goals as Argentina beat Estonia (Image: Getty)

Lionel Messi has received a caution from Argentina’s World Cup rivals after scoring all five goals in his side’s friendly win over Estonia.

Messi provided two assists to help South American champions Argentina beat European champions Italy in the Finalissima last week.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker and Barcelona legend put in another superb performance against Estonia in Spain, scoring an early penalty and then scoring twice in each half as Argentina sealed a 5-0 win.

Messi overtook former Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas and is now the fourth-highest goalscorer in international men’s football, behind only Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari (89), Iran’s Ali Daei (109) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (117).

It was the first time Messi, 34, had scored five goals in one game for his country, having accomplished the feat in a Champions League game for Barcelona in 2012.

After Argentina’s win, Messi wrote on Instagram: “We couldn’t end the season better. We won the Finalissima and today we added more minutes to prepare for the World Cup.

“Thank you again to everyone who came to the field and to those who are following us from afar. We’re resting for a few days and we’ll be back very soon!’

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni added: “I don’t know what else to say about Leo, it’s very difficult. He’s like Rafa Nadal, what more can you say?

“I’ll let the journalists do the talking. I have no words to describe him and especially everything he does. He is one of a kind and a pleasure to have, coach him… his demeanor and how he works for this shirt.

“I have only words of thanks for Leo, he is not a legend of Argentina but of world football. The day he stops playing we will miss him.

“I hope he keeps playing and everyone enjoys it because it’s a pleasure to see him play.”

Argentina is in Group C at this year’s World Cup in Qatar alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

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