I was annoyed Lionel Messi broke my record - Gabriel Batistuta

I was annoyed Lionel Messi broke my record - Gabriel Batistuta

Batistuta will also be relieved that he has a cushion of 19 goals on Manchester City's prolific striker Sergio Aguero, who scored a late victor in Saturday's friendly with Russian Federation in Moscow which took him to 35 Argentine goals, ahead of Diego Maradona and level with Hernan Crespo, but still way behind the country's two leading strikers.

The relationship between Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi was a highlight of Argentina's 1-0 victory over Russian Federation for coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Batigol told Argentine TV that Messi taking his goal-scoring record has got in his grill.

Since Messi overtook Batistuta in the scoring charts at last summer's Copa America, the former Fiorentina player nicknamed "Batigol" has had to change his chat up line. It was a title that I held.

The 30-year-old said that at his age he sees things in a different manner and is far more relaxed than earlier.

"You go around the world and you say, 'I'm the top scorer for the Argentina national team.' I liked that.

I want to get to the World Cup in the best way".

The Barcelona star missed in the penalty shootout defeat to Chile as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

Messi has now revealed all on retirement after firing Argentina to next year's World Cup - shockingly admitting he made the decision on a whim.

His shock retirement stunned the sporting world but he's since returned to the global fold.

Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, has frequently been compared with another Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, throughout his career but has often been criticised because the nation has not won a major title since he has led the attack.

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