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Lionel Messi becomes Argentina's all-time top-scorer

Messi overtook Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's top scorer Credit: Reuters

Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time top-scorer on Tuesday after scoring in the Copa America semi-final against the United States.

The 28-year-old Barcelona striker took his international tally to 55 goals after converting a free-kick to put Argentina 2-0 up against the US.

His latest goal helped him surpass the previous record tally held by ex-Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta who scored 54 goals in 78 games.

Messi's goal was a glorious free kick from 25 yards out, leaving him with five goals in the Centenary Copa America.

Currently, he lies one goal behind Chilean Eduardo Vargas in the race to become the tournament's top goalscorer.

Messi has achieved his tally despite not starting in Argentina's first three games because of a back injury.

Last week, Messi scored a hat-trick in 19 minutes after coming on as a substitute in a 5-0 win over Paraguay.