Prior to Argentina's friendly against Estonia at El Sadar in Pamplona on Sunday, Lionel Messi had only once registered five goals in a single game throughout his illustrious career. That was back in 2012 when Barcelona crushed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in the Champions League Round of 16.
On Sunday he did it again with the national team, opening the scoring with an eighth-minute penalty, roofing a second before halftime, volleying home his third, adding a very strange fourth and finishing with a strike from 10 yards out for five.
Messi's total for Argentina now stands at 86 from 162 appearances. The 34-year-old moves above Hungary's Ferenc Puskás and into fourth place all-time.
Lionel Messi Five Goals Vs Estonia
Estonia, ranked 110th in the world, was easy work, but Argentina's now gone 33 matches without tasting defeat.
La Albiceleste's next scheduled game is a replay of the abandoned World Cup qualifier against Brazil in September.