Inter Miami and Argentina forward Lionel Messi put on a clinic vs. Peru Tuesday night scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory and dazzling fans with his dribbling. The Messi dribbling vs Peru highlight was another masterclass from the MLS superstar.
The moment that is going viral on social media came when Messi was being marked by Peru’s Yoshimar Yotún. Leo toyed with the 33-year-old sitting him down twice and then still managing to get away when reinforcements arrived.
Lionel Messi dribbling vs Peru
Stop that Messi. pic.twitter.com/uXSTbeDmdB— Stop That Football (@stopthatfooty) October 18, 2023
Sheesh! You got to feel a little bad for Yotún. It’s not like any of us would’ve been able to do anything better.
Inter Miami’s biggest star put on a show in Lima on Tuesday. His first goal in the 32nd minute was spectacular.
Oh my, Messi!
pic.twitter.com/AkVA1MdE4A— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 18, 2023
He would double the lead for Argentina 10 minutes later.
Lionel Messi has now scored a CONMEBOL record 31 World Cup qualifying goals.pic.twitter.com/3fL01UIgEf— Football Report (@FootballReprt) October 18, 2023
Messi’s two goals against Peru broke the record of most CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying goals in history. That’s 31 World Cup qualifying goals and counting for him.
As for Argentina, the World Cup qualifying for 2026 couldn’t be off to a better start with four wins from four games, seven goals scored and zero conceded.
With the expanded 48-team format of the 2026 World Cup the qualifying is easier in South America now. The top six teams will all get an automatic spot in the World Cup while the seventh-place team will play in the inter-confederation play-offs.