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Messi Two Off Maradona Total

By March 23, 2013

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Lionel Messi moved to within two goals of Diego Maradona's total for Argentina after his penalty against Venezuela in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

The Barcelona star delivered another virtuoso performance for the Albiceleste and is now just two off Maradona's total of 34 goals for his country. Messi has someway to go before he beats Gabriel Batistuta's record of 56 goals for Argentina but, of course, the 25-year-old delivers so much more than just goals.

Alejandro Sabella's team are in superb form at present as they close in on a place at the 2014 World Cup. Gonzalo Higuain struck twice in the 3-0 win over Venezuela and leads the scorers chart. Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago and Walter Montillo also caught the eye and it's now on to La Paz on Tuesday where Argentina lost 6-1 to Bolivia the last time they played.


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