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Lionel Messi attracted SEVEN Uruguay defenders towards him in the build-up to Lautaro Martinez's goal vs Uruguay on Sunday night.
Messi had already put Argentina in the lead in the first half with what many deem to be the most bizarre goal of his incredible career.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's outside of the boot cross went all the way in past Fernando Muslera, taking his La Albiceleste tally to 80 and seeing him become the first South American player to score that many international goals.
For the third goal, Messi was involved in a quite remarkable sequence. He received the ball in the most crowded of areas and when he took the ball backwards, the entire Uruguay backline was fixed on him.
Look at Lionel Messi, how he managed to take out the ball from that crowded space and pass it.— 𝙨𝙤𝙝𝙤𝙢 ᴷᴷᴿ (@AwaaraHoon) October 11, 2021
Ultimately resulted in Lautaro Martínez goal, the third one for Argentina against Uruguay. pic.twitter.com/l6psoiFEat
They were so worried about his innate abilities that they left acres of space on the right side, where Messi fed the ball for a cross to the far post that Martinez tapped home.
The still images of Messi being courted by Uruguay players galore are superb and eerily similar to THAT classic picture of fellow legendary Argentina No.10 Diego Maradona against Belgium.
This was right before Messi provided the pass to Rodrigo de Paul, who then found Lautaro Martínez to score.— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 11, 2021
All eyes on him. pic.twitter.com/SXMjIYESzV
Lionel Messi attracting the attention of seven Uruguay defenders moments before Argentina's third goal 🇦🇷⚽ pic.twitter.com/moTmh0mR3H— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 11, 2021
"We played a great game," Messi told reporters, per Reuters, after the 3-0 win.
"Everything worked out perfectly.
"Uruguay wait for you and they generate danger. Once we got the first goal we started to find space and the goals appeared."
The result means Argentina have taken 22 points from 10 games in their World Cup qualification group and lie in second, six points behind leaders Brazil.
The Copa America holders take on Peru in their next qualifier in Friday.
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