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)