USA 0-4 Argentina

For all that Lionel Messi has little interest in breaking records, he continues to make a habit of it. La Pulga chalked up another landmark in Argentinian football history on Tuesday, moving past Gabriel Batistuta to become the country’s highest goalscorer of all time.

In stroking a superb free-kick just inside the post halfway through the first-half of the Copa America Centenario semi-final against USA, Messi scored his 55th goal for his country, one more than Batigol. In the process, he helped La Albiceleste cruise to a 4-0 defeat of the tournament hosts and move into the final for the second time running. (21 JUN 2016)

USA 0-4 Argentina

Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

Lionel Messi became Argentina’s joint record scorer as they beat Venezuela 4-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final against host nation the United States. (18 JUN 2016)

Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

Argentina 3-0 Bolivia

Argentina and Bolivia rounded off a group phase that yielded a total of 69 goals and which saw the elimination of the likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Costa Rica. Comprehensive 3-0 winners against the Bolivians, La Albiceleste will take on Venezuela in the last eight. (14 JUN 2016)

Argentina 3-0 Bolivia

Argentina 5-0 Panama

5-0 defeat of Panama, with Lionel Messi marking his return to action by scoring three of the goals. Nicolas Otamendi headed La Albiceleste into an early lead, though it was not untilLa Pulga rose from the bench to register his second-half hat-trick that they pulled clear.Sergio Aguero completed the scoring in the closing seconds.

Argentina were two goals to the good against Panama when Lionel Messi, who already had one goal to his name, lined up a free-kick just outside the Canalera box with 11 minutes remaining. The Albiceleste No10 then proceeded to flight the ball over the wall set by Jaime Penedo and into the top-left hand corner of the net, past the keeper’s despairing full-length dive. Marking his return to the side in the best possible style, La Pulga left the pitch with the matchball in his hands, after completing a hat-trick to move to within one goal of Argentina’s all-time leading marksman, Gabriel Batistuta. (10 JUN 2016)

Argentina 5-0 Panama

Argentina 2-1 Chile

Argentina went some way to avenging their loss to Chile in the 2015 final. A cut above the defending champions throughout the encounter, despite the absence of Lionel Messi, La Albiceleste eased to a 2-1 win in Santa Clara against an out-of-sorts Roja side that proved blunt in attack.

Argentina had the better of the opening 50 minutes of the re-run of last year’s final, putting together some fine moves, enjoying plenty of possession and even hitting the bar early on. Yet for all their endeavour and pressure, they could not find a way past Claudio Bravo in the Roja goal. All that changed five minutes after the restart, however, when Ever Banega dispossessed Eugenio Mena in the midfield, surged forward and laid a measured pass into the path of Di Maria, who took a touch before firing low past the Barcelona keeper at the near post. Embarking on an emotional celebration, the Paris Saint-Germain forward dedicated the goal to his late grandmother, who had passed away the previous evening. “She was so proud that I was in the national team and I knew I was going to score a goal for her,” said Di Maria afterwards. (06 JUN 2016)

Argentina 2-1 Chile