Saturday, October 25, 2014


Messi's International Career

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
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  • Lionel Messi Messi's Career

    Internatinal career

    June 2004, Messi debuted for Argentina, playing in the U-20 friendly match against Paraguay.
    In 2005, Messi became part of a team that won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. There, he won the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe, Messi scored a goal in the last four of Argentina's matches and netting a total of six for the tournament.

    He made his full international debut on 17 August 2005 against Hungary at age 18 He was replaced in the 63rd minute, but was sent back on the 65th minute because the referee, Markus Merk, found he had headbutted defender Vilmos Vanczák, the tugging Messi's shirt.

    On 17 November 2010, Lionel Messi scored a last-minute goal against South American rivals Brazil. And his team won 1-0 in a friendly match, which was held in Doha.
    This is the first time that he had scored against Brazil at senior level. Back Messi scored another goal in the last minute on 9 February 2011 against Portugal in a penalty kick to give his side a 2-1 victory in the friendly match held in Geneva, Switzerland.

    2006 World Cup

    Injuries are a natural Messi from playing for two months at the end of the 2005-2006 season threatened by his presence in the 2006 World Cup, however, Lionel Messi was selected in the Argentina squad for the tournament on 15 May 2006, Messi also played in the final match before the World Cup against Argentina U-20 team for 15 minutes and a friendly match against Angola from the 64th minute.

    Messi started in Argentina following the 0-0 draw against the Netherlands. In the following game against Mexico, Messi came on as a substitute in the 84th minute, with the score tied at 1-1.

    2007 Copa America

    Lionel Messi played his first game in the 2007 Copa America on June 29, 2007, when Argentina defeated United States 4-1 in the first game. In this game, messi shows his ability as a playmaker.

    Messi set up a goal for fellow striker Hernán Crespo and had many shots on target. Tevez came on as a substitute for Messi in the 79th minute and scored minutes later. The second game was against Colombia, in which he won a penalty at 1-1. Messi also play a part in Argentina's second goal as he was fouled outside the box, which allowed Juan Roman Riquelme to score from a freekick, and increase Argentina's lead to 3-1.  The final score of the match was 4-2.

    2010 World Cup

    Lionel Messi played the entire game on Argentina's opening match in the 2010 World Cup, the 1-0 victory against Nigeria. He participated in all the goals of his team and helped Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick.

    2011 Copa America

    Lionel Messi took part in the Copa America in Argentina, where he failed to score a goal but can be three assists.

    For Club career, read  Messi’s career Club

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