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Messi breaks Argentina's all-time goal-scoring record

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Baku, June 22, AZERTAC

Lionel Messi has overtaken Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's all-time top goal scorer, according to ESPN.com.

La Albiceleste's No. 10 drove an unstoppable free kick in from 25 yards during Argentina's Copa America semifinal against the United States on Tuesday.

Batistuta struck 54 times in 78 appearances for Argentina (the AFA does not count two goals he scored against the Slovakian youth team in 1995) in an international career that ran between 1991 and 2002 and included winning the 1991 and 1993 Copa America and scoring hat tricks in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

But Messi, 28, has now broken that record and is likely to extend it significantly, with Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain -- on 33 and 26 goals, respectively -- his closest rivals of current international teammates.

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