Gabriel Batistuta had ideal response to Lionel Messi breaking his Argentina record

Batistuta celebrates scoring a penalty in Argentina's shoot-out win over England at France 98

Batistuta celebrates scoring a penalty in Argentina's shoot-out win over England at France 98

Gabriel Batistuta is an Argentine legend, who scored 54 goals in 77 appearances for the Pumas during an worldwide career that spanned 11 years, although it does not take away his annoyance that Lionel Messi recently beat his proud national goal scoring record.

Messi is on 61 goals from 110 appearances having overtaken Batigol's record during the Copa America Centenario a year ago.

"Honestly [it annoyed me], not a little but a lot, yes. It's not just any old thing", he whined.

Messi, who started in Saturday's 1-0 global friendly against Russian Federation in Moscow, needed 110 games to leapfrog Batistuta and become Argentina's all-time top scorer and is now on 61 goals. You go around the world and people say, "he's the top scorer for the Argentina national team".

"At 30 years old, I now enjoy it in a different way and much more than I did before, I take advantage of every moment, both on and off the pitch".

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Gianluigi Buffon racked up his highest-ever Goal 50 finish to claim second place, after leading Juventus to another domestic double last season, as well as the final of the Champions League. Now, however, Messi has regained his joy and dreams of winning the 2018 World Cup with Argentina.

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He told Argentine news outlet Todo Noticias: "They are lacking comradeship, support, solidarity".

"You don't get called up to the national team because you tell good jokes, you are amusing, you are handsome or because you are Messi's friend. Unless they're lying to me, he has signed it".

"They are lacking comradeship, support, solidarity, not giving the ball all the time to Messi".

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