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Copa America: Lionel Messi breaks record, bamboozles USA to lift Argentina into final

Lionel Messi scored a free kick and assisted two goals in a 4-0 rout of the United States

Jaideep Chakrabarty 22 June 2016, 6:35 PM

All hail the King - Lionel Messi, the one, the only Image: AP

Gonzalo Higuain was on target again for Argentina scoring a brace Image: AP

That ripping freekick made Lionel Messi the all time highest scorer for Argentina Image: AP

USA tried everything to stop him but when Messi starts creating his magic, he's unstoppable Image: AP

Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi - the goal scorers for Argentina Image: AP

Lionel Messi ended the United States' Copa America hopes in less than three minutes. At the Houston, Messi got into his own and created magic to leave the United States bamboozled. (Read: Colourful Copa)

Argentina's dribbling and scoring machine showed skills, speed and brilliance that made him a five-time world player of the year, exposing the huge gap between the U.S. and football's elite.

Messi set up Ezequiel Lavezzi's opening goal 175 seconds in, scored on a free kick to break Argentina's career scoring record and then, assisted on the second of Gonzalo Higuain's two goals in a 4-0 rout Tuesday night that put La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.

(With inputs from AP)

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