Lionel Messi scores brace as Argentina beat Nicaragua 5-1 in international friendly

Lionel Messi scores brace as Argentina beat Nicaragua 5-1 in international friendly

- Lionel Messi on Friday night, June 7, scored a brace for Argentina in 5-1 win over Nicaragua

- The encounter was an international friendly ahead of the 2019 Copa America in Brazil

- Messi was superb last season for Barcelona helping them to win the Spanish La Liga title

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was on Friday night, June 7, superb for his country scoring a brace as Argentina defeated Nicaragua 5-1 in a tough international friendly encounter.

Lionel Messi who was superb for Barcelona last season struck twice in the first half before Lautaro Martinez and Roberto Pereyra added gloss to the score.

Martinez came off the bench to grab a brace of his own as Argentina romped to victory at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan.

Argentina used the encounter to prepare for their campaign at the 2019 Copa America which is scheduled to hold in Brazil.

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Nicaragua are ranked 129th in the world, and on this evidence will struggle during their maiden Copa America campaign

Argentina coach withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez to dictate play during the second half.

Earlier, had reported how Lionel Messi in a recent interview revealed that his second son Mateo, celebrates when Real Madrid scores to annoy his elder brother Thiago.

Messi has been a part of the historic rivalry between Barcelona and their fiercest rival, and have appeared in the most number of games scoring most goals too. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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