On March 24, the morning of the 2022 World Cup, Argentina and Lionel Messi beat Panama in Buenos Aires in a special homecoming match.
In Argentina’s first game following their 2022 World Cup victory, Messi scored his 800th career goal as they defeated Panama 2-0 in a friendly match.
After his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, the 35-year-old became just the second player to achieve the remarkable milestone. Messi has now scored 99 goals for his country, including 672 for Barcelona and 29 for Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi scored, much to the delight of the crowd at the Monumental de Nunez Stadium in Buenos Aires during the World Cup champions’ homecoming.
The initial celebrations were sparked by Thiago Almada’s opening goal before Lionel Messi’s free kick found the top-right corner in the 89th minute.
An emotional Messi said, “I always dreamed of this moment, celebrating with you,” as he walked around the field with his family and the World Cup trophy after the game.
Messi will reach the milestone of 100 goals for the national team if he adds another goal in Tuesday’s friendly match between Argentina and Curacao.
With 172 appearances under his belt, Messi has already surpassed legendary striker Gabriel Batistuta’s record of 56 goals in 78 games for Argentina.