Lionel Messi: Argentina Captain Names His Favourite Goals Ahead of 2024 Copa America

Lionel Messi: Argentina Captain Names His Favourite Goals Ahead of 2024 Copa America

Elijah Odetokun
June 13, 2024 at 8:41 AM
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  • Lionel Messi was in a talking mood recently and spoke in different interviews touching on a range of topics from his career
  • The Argentina captain has scored over 800 career goals for the three clubs he has played for and the national team
  • He was asked to pick his favourite goal, and his answer was seen as a direct jibe at two of his greatest rivals and opponents

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Lionel Messi has scored over 800 goals for club and country but has picked two as his favourite and most important goals, which explains his competitiveness.

He appears to have become more relaxed about football since leading Argentina to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and has reiterated on many occasions that he has achieved everything.

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Otamendi, Argentina, France, 2022 FIFA World Cup final, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Doha, Qatar, December 18, 2022.
Lionel Messi celebrates with Leandro Paredes and Nicolas Otamendi after scoring Argentina's third goal against France in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar on December 18, 2022. Photo by Tom Jenkins.
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The media and rival fans ridiculed his international career until 2021, when he won the Copa America in Brazil and capped it off with the Mundial in Qatar.

He ended his time in European football having played for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, heading for Major League Soccer with David Beckham's franchise, Inter Miami.

Messi names his favourite goal

According to Transfermarkt, the former Barcelona captain has scored 841 career goals for club and country, most of which came at the Spanish club.

Speaking to ESPN Argentina, he was asked to name his favourite goal, but he named two, one as the best and the other as the most important.

"My favourite goal? [The] most beautiful was the one against Real Madrid in 2011, and the most important in the World Cup final," he said.

The first was his second goal against Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2011 UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

He took the ball from Sergio Busquets from midfield and ran the length of the opponent's half, skipping past players before slotting home with his right foot.

The other was his second goal to make it 3-2 for Argentina against France in the World Cup final. It was initially ruled out for offside but Raphael Varane's backside played it on.

Messi supported Dortmund in the UCL final

Sports Brief also previously reported on Messi admitting he supported Borussia Dortmund over Real Madrid in the 2024 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

The former Barcelona superstar claimed Los Blancos would have also supported an opponent against Barca if the roles had been reversed, as is usual with football rivalries.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.