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Lionel Messi scores ridiculous chip as Argentina beat Honduras, he's now back to his brilliant best

Rory O'Callaghan

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Lionel Messi scores ridiculous chip as Argentina beat Honduras, he's now back to his brilliant best

Lionel Messi produced yet another moment of magic as Argentina beat Honduras 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday.

Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida before Messi's brace sealed a comfortable victory for Argentina, who look in scintillating form ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Messi played a major role the opening goal, with the PSG star chipping a delicate pass over the Honduras defence for Papu Gomez, who set up Martinez for an easy finish.

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Messi then got himself on the scoresheet, firing home a penalty just before half-time after Giovani Lo Celso was pulled down inside the area.

Midway through the second half, Messi would seal the win with a piece of individual brilliance.

After latching on to a loose ball 25 yards out from goal, Messi looked up and directed a first-time chipped shot over Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez.

It was a moment of real quality from the Argentine, who has now scored 88 goals for his national side.

At the end of the match, Honduras' players lined up to take photos with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

And fans on social media were equally in awe of the 35-year-old, who now looks back to his best after a difficult debut season at PSG.

"This man is something else. Best in history," wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another added: "Absolutely ridiculous by Messi."

Victory for Argentina extended their unbeaten run to 34 matches.

They next face Jamaica in their penultimate warm-up match ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, with another friendly against the UAE scheduled for November 16.

The two-time winners are one of the favourites to win this winter's tournament in the Middle East. 

They face Saudi Arabia in their opening match on November 22 before games against Mexico (November 26) and Poland (November 30).

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Featured Image Credit: TyC Sports

Topics: Lionel Messi, Argentina, Football, Football World Cup, Honduras, Paris Saint-Germain

Rory O'Callaghan
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