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Emirates News Agency – Messi scores his 800th goal and leads the world champions to a friendly victory over Panama

ABU DHABI, 24 March / WAM / Just 3 months after winning the 2022 World Cup, the Argentine national team won its first friendly match after winning the World Cup, which brought it together with its Panamanian counterpart at the Monumental Stadium in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and ended 2-0. In the presence of 83 thousand fans.

Similar to the matches the team played in the 2022 World Cup, yesterday’s match was not devoid of the distinguished numbers of the great star Lionel Messi, the captain of the team and the owner of many records in his football career at the level of clubs and his country’s national team.
Messi scored the second goal for his team in the match against the Panamanian national team, which was held (this morning UAE time), and Messi reached the barrier of 800 goals in his football career, noting that it was his 99th goal with his country.
With this, Messi became one goal away from entering the club of 100 international goals, which includes only two players so far, namely the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (120 goals) and the Iranian Ali Daei (109 goals).
Messi strengthened his position in second place in the list of the world’s most goals-scoring players in general with clubs and national teams, and only Portuguese Ronaldo surpasses him with 830 goals.
Messi achieved many records in the 2022 World Cup before he crowned his career in the tournament with his first title with the team in the World Cup tournaments.
The 800-goal barrier for Messi was not the only distinguished number in yesterday’s match, but his young teammate Thiago Almada succeeded in scoring his first goal with the team to open the scoring for the team after a good follow-up to the ball that Messi fired from a free kick and bounced off the post to be fired by Almada / 21 years / into the goal.

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