Lionel Messi’s Argentina returned to qualifying for the 2026 World Cup last night. The captain set the match on fire with a spectacular free kick, which ended up being the only goal of the match.
While in Europe we are preparing for Euro 2024, in America the qualification for the 2026 World Cup is starting. The defending champions begin their journey by facing Ecuador and will take on Bolivia on September 12.
In a match dominated by the Albiceleste for long periods, it was Messi who came to his team’s rescue. The new Inter Miami recruit has been in great form recently with eleven goals in all competitions.
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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner led Argentina to a spectacular victory (1–0), curling to his left and scoring a brilliant free kick thus deceiving Hernán Galíndez.
With this goal, Messi equaled the record of his friend and former teammate Luis Suarez. Both players now have a total of 29 goals in the playoffs.
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