If there was any doubt that Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world, the Argentinian star answered it in the best way possible Tuesday night: by continuing to score goals that no other human could score.
The Barcelona forward has been electric during Copa America, and his best moment yet came against the United States in Houston Tuesday night, as he scored a goal off an absolutely stunning free kick in the 32nd minute to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over Team USA en route to a 4–0 romp.
The Spanish broadcast announcers were, naturally, enthusiastic about this goal:
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 22, 2016
Messi hit the kick from just outside the penalty area so perfectly that U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan really had no chance to stop it. And as if the shot weren't beautiful enough, it also was a record-setter for Messi, who became the all-time leading scorer for La Albiceleste. They'll head to the tournament final, while the U.S. will play in the 3rd place playoff on June 25.
Fan video of Messi's free kick from the stands pic.twitter.com/167y5YDISI
— True Soccer Life (@TrueSCRLife) June 22, 2016
Messi had two assists in the match, giving him five goals and four assists for Argentina heading into the final.
By comparison, Cristiano Ronaldo—who often gets compared to Messi in the inevitable conversations about the best in the world—has struggled mightily for Portugal in the European Championship. Heading into Wednesday’s match against Hungary, the Real Madrid star had 23 shots and zero goals for his team, although he notched two goals to pull the Portuguese side level with the Hungarians in the Group F decider.
Other athletes took to Twitter to marvel at what Messi did on his free kick:
He is the all around best. No question. #messi
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) June 22, 2016
Messi is incredible.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 22, 2016
— Lydia Williams (@lydsaussie) June 22, 2016