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Lionel Messi produced a remarkable performance against Italy, with his individual highlights making for sensational viewing.
Messi starred as Argentina thumped Italy 3-0 at Wembley Stadium in the Finalissima.
The 34-year-old pulled the strings in the attacking third and was a constant threat against the Euro 2020 champions.
He brilliantly created the opening goal for Lautaro Martínez, gliding past Giovanni Di Lorenzo to set up the Inter Milan forward.
Messi grabbed another assist late on, teeing up second half substitute Paulo Dybala.
Away from his two assists, the Paris Saint-Germain man ran the show. He completed the most dribbles, created the most chances and won all his 10 duels.
Messi looked hungry and focused as he delivered a stellar performance on the international stage, sending a warning to the major nations ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Check out his stunning 'Man of the Match' showing for the Copa America holders below, courtesy of @Frenkie_Chief.
🎥 | Lionel Messi vs Italy— TJ 🪄🇳🇱 (@Frenkie_Chief) June 1, 2022
Man if the Match performance ⭐️ Are we surprised? 🐐
Needless to say, Messi's outing in London sent social media wild.
They said he was a failure, that he would never win a trophy with his country.. Messi has shut the mouths of many. pic.twitter.com/5g9zcP2zTH— J. (@Messilizer) June 2, 2022
Argentina win another trophy beating Italy in The Finalissima, led by the incomparable Lionel Messi. 2 assists for the diminutive genius.— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) June 1, 2022
Messi is defending, tackling, pressing, playmaking, dribbling, shooting, he is 34. Goat 🐐— ً (@LSComps) June 1, 2022
Argentina are actually really, really good man. Serious World Cup contenders, no question.— Neal 🇦🇺 (@NealGardner_) June 1, 2022
Speaking after the game, Messi said: "It was a beautiful final, full of Argentines. What we experienced here was beautiful.
"We’re here to fight anyone. Today was a nice test because Italy is a great team.
"We knew it was going to be a nice match and a nice setting to be champion."
Messi and Co return to action for Argentina on Sunday against Estonia.