Lionel Messi scored his 800th career goal courtesy a free-kick.© Twitter
Lionel Messi scored his 800th career goal courtesy a free-kick as Argentina beat Panama 2-0 to celebrate their homecoming, following the World Cup triumph in Qatar last year. More than 83,000 fans thronged Buenos Aires’ El Monumental to watch Messi and co. play for the first time since lifting the country’s third World Cup title last year. After rattling the crossbar with a free-kick, which eventually resulted in Argentina’s opener, which was scored by 21-year-old Thiago Almada, Messi curled in a set-piece in the dying embers of the game to hand Argentina a convincing win against the stubborn Central Americans.
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Messi, coach Lionel Scaloni and numerous players came onto the pitch with their children and several seemed on the brink of tears as fans in unison sung “Muchachos”, the anthem of Argentina’s victorious World Cup campaign in Qatar.
After the match the party continued, with every member of the World Cup winning squad given a replica trophy to lift, surrounded by their families.
It was clear that