The forward has enjoyed a prolific international period after the end of his club season. The forward's scoring performance equaled his career-best between club and country for a single match, tying the mark he set in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.
Messi has enjoyed a fantastic couple of weeks for the Albiceleste, as he played a lead role in their Finalissima victory over Italy last Wednesday. When Lionel Messi puts on the Argentina national team shirt these days, he turns into a different player.
After helping to dominate European champions Italy in the Finalissima on June 1, Messi came out four days later and scored an Argentina team-record five goals against Estonia. He accounted for all his team's goals in a 5-0 win.
Albiceleste supporters only hope Messi can keep up the magic through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as Argentina now has a 33-match unbeaten streak. Messi has never won the FIFA World Cup, and after picking up his first two trophies with the senior team — the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 Finalissima — he desperately will hope to add the one title glaringly missing from his trophy case.
Incredible 5 goals
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner becomes the first Argentina player to score five in a game since Jose Manuel Moreno against Ecuador in 1942.
Messi scored his first goal of the evening at Estadio El Sadar in Pamplona, Spain from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, firing his spot-kick into the bottom corner.
Argentina continued to dominate against the side positioned 110 in FIFA world rankings and Messi grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time.
The PSG forward latched onto a pass from Papu Gomez and rifled his shot into the top corner from close range.
Two minutes into the second half and Messi sealed a hat-trick with another simple finish as he met right-back Nahuel Molina's cross and turned in from point-blank range.
Messi's fourth came in the 71st minute, rounding goalkeeper Matvei Igonen before slotting his finish away.
The 34-year-old then finished off his evening in style by scoring Argentina's fifth and final goal of the night five minutes later when firing in a rebound after Paulo Dybala had seen a shot blocked.