Portugal’s Ronaldo misses a hat-trick against Switzerland; Messi crushes 5 for Argentina in friendly against Estonia


Portuguese goalscoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentinian prop Lionel Messi have enjoyed goal outings on the international stage

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his goalscoring record.
  • The Portugal captain scored twice against Switzerland.
  • Lionel Messi smashed 5 goals against Estonia.
Two of the greatest players of the modern era of the beautiful game, Portuguese goalscoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine prop Lionel Messi extended their dominance in international football on Monday. Argentina captain Messi enjoyed a goal celebration for La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue) in the recently concluded friendly against Estonia in Pamplona, ​​Spain.

Continuing his impressive career on the international scene after a dizzying first season at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), former FC Barcelona captain Messi hammered Estonia by scoring five goals for Argentina. With his goalscoring masterclass against Estonia, Messi has matched his career-best performance in club and international football. Messi had five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League in 2012.

Messi enters the elite list

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Messi has now scored goals against 30 countries for Argentina on the international stage. The Argentina captain joined an elite list by finding the back of the net five times in the friendly against Estonia. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is the third player to score five goals in a single match for Argentina after Juan Andres Marvezy and Manuel Moreno. The Argentina international also took his goalscoring tally to 86.

Ronaldo extends his goalscoring record

Elsewhere, Portugal’s charismatic frontman Ronaldo scored a crucial brace to help the UEFA Euro 2016 winners record a massive victory over Switzerland at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon. Ronaldo scored twice while William Carvalho and Joao Cancelo put their names on the scoresheet in Portugal’s 4-0 win over Switzerland in the current edition of the UEFA Nations League.

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Although Ronaldo failed to score a memorable hat-trick at home, the former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar extended his goalscoring record to 117 international goals. The Manchester United icon and five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the all-time top scorer in international football.

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