He doesn’t care about the stage when he steps onto the field. On the other hand, there has been some debate about whether Lionel Messi number was as strong as that of his club throughout his career. Messi is currently ranked third among all-time international goal scorers with 102 goals in 122 games for the national team.
After taking home the second golden ball and winning the 2022 World Cup, so the Argentine has ended that old, thorny debate. Today, we are going to take a look at his five favorite international opponents to score.
5. Chile – 5 Goals
Throughout Lionel Messi international career, Chile has been his greatest foe. They gave him two heartbreaking moments in the Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016, so which even prompted him to make the difficult decision to retire in 2016.
Even so, Messi has always been able to overcome the obstacle of playing against the South American team. Over the course of his 11 appearances, he has scored five goals against them. Messi scored against them for the first time in 2011 and scored his final goal in the Copa America in 2021.
4. Brazil – 5 Goals
Argentina and Brazil are known to be among the most fierce rivals on the international stage. Even though Messi has acknowledged that mentally preparing for games against Brazil is difficult, this has not affected his performance on the field.
The Argentine magician has an excellent record against Brazil, scoring five goals. In addition, he scored a hat trick against Brazil in 2012, one of the complete performances by an Argentine player in a long time.
3. Uruguay-6 Goals
Even though Uruguay has Diego Godin and José Mara Giménez, two of the best defenders in the world, they have not been able to contain Messi.
In 2008, Messi scored his most memorable objective against them in a World Cup qualifier while his latest objective came during the 2022 World Cup qualifier.
2. Ecuador – 6 Goals
Messi’s memorable hat trick against Ecuador in the crucial World Cup Qualifiers match in 2017 is the best representation of his character we can find today. Throughout his career, Messi has frequently stepped up when the team needed a hero.
Messi has scored six goals in six games against Ecuador, always rising to the occasion. He can score many more goals because he is likely to stay until the World Cup in 2026.
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1. Bolivia – 8 Goals
Messi’s favorite team to play against throughout his career was the Bolivian national team. In 11 games, the Argentine has scored eight goals against them, so a remarkable 0.73 goals per match.
He scored against them for the first time in a 2015 friendly match, when Argentina defeated them 7-0. From that point forward, he has not thought back and keeps on adding more objectives to his count every day. He even got a hat trick in the 2022 World Cup qualifier match.