Magical Messi breaks record at ongoing Copa America 2016

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– Lionel Messi is now Argentina’s record goal scorer of all time with 55 goals for the national team 

– The Barcelona star scored a free-kick as Argentina beat USA to reach the final of the 2016 Copa America 

– Argentina will play either Colombia or reigning champions Chile in what could be a repeat of last year’s final 

Lionel Messi became his country’s leading scorer as Argentina defeated hosts USA 4 – 0 to book a place in the final of the 2016 Copa America tournament.

Lionel Messi and Argentina dominated Tuesday's Copa America semifinal.

Lionel Messi and Argentina dominated Tuesday’s Copa America semifinal.

The Barcelona attacker scored a superb free-kick to surpass Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal tally with a 25-yard strike.

Messi provided the assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opener, then scored his stunner before Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain fired in to make it 3-0.

Higuain scored with a tap-in in the 85th minute to complete the rout with Messi grabbing the assist.

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“I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta’s record and I want to thank my team-mates, it’s theirs as well,” said Messi, who turns 29 on Friday.

Argentina will play either Colombia or reigning champions Chile, who meet in Chicago on Wednesday.

A fan ran up to the pitch before the start of the second half to bow to a Messi

A fan ran up to the pitch before the start of the second half to bow to a Messi

Recall that Messi equalled Batistuta’s record in the quarter-final which was through a freekick as Argentina defeated Venezuela 4 – 1 to reach the semi’s.

The Barcelona forward also created goals for Gonzalo Higuain, who scored twice, and Erik Lamela to set up a last-four meeting with hosts USA.

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