In a friendly victory over Curacao at home, Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, reached the milestone of 100 goals for his country by scoring his eighth hat-trick. As he scored the game's first goal in Santiago del Estero after 20 minutes, the 35-year-old attacker celebrated a significant milestone.
Before the break, he added two more to complete a rapid-fire hattrick. Before Argentina paraded the World Cup trophy in front of more than 42,000 spectators, Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez also scored.
After defeating France in Qatar in December to win the World Cup on penalties, Argentina have played twice at home. As part of the team's World Cup homecoming trip, Messi scored his 800th career goal and 99th for Argentina in a 2-0 victory over Panama last week in Buenos Aires.