Video leo messi what a goal inside two minutes

Video leo messi what a goal inside two minutes

In a friendly match held at Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium on Thursday, Lionel Messi achieved the quickest goal of his international career, helping Argentina secure a 2-0 victory over Australia.

A crowd of 68,000 spectators, predominantly supporting Messi and his World Cup-winning teammates, witnessed the game in its entirety.

Messi’s presence in China’s capital sparked tremendous interest throughout the week, leading to what was essentially an inconsequential post-season friendly being enveloped in “Messi mania.”

The enthusiasm reached new heights when a video was streamed on the Chinese short video platform Kuaishou, promising an exclusive interview with Messi. However, it turned out to be a one-minute appearance by the football superstar in an hour-long show, amassing a staggering 190 million views.

According to local reports, tickets for the game were being sold at exorbitant prices of up to 4,800 yuan ($673). Nevertheless, those who invested in witnessing Messi’s brilliance were not disappointed.

Just 82 seconds into the match, the 35-year-old maestro received the ball outside the penalty area, exploiting lax Australian defending, and elegantly curled in a low finish. This marked the fastest among Messi’s 103 international goals.

Australia withstood the early onslaught and nearly equalized when Mitchell Duke’s close-range shot forced Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to tip the ball onto the post.

In the second half, Messi, who was playing his first game since agreeing to join American MLS side Inter Miami, and his fellow Argentine veteran Angel di Maria tested Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, both requiring saves.

Finally, the world champions converted their pressure into a goal when German Pezzella headed in a cross, extending the lead to 2-0 in the 68th minute.

Despite the sultry summer heat, Argentina continued to threaten, with Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez putting Ryan under pressure. The match concluded with Argentina securing the victory.

However, the focus of the day remained on Messi, who is idolized in China, a nation disappointed by their underperforming national team and struggling domestic league.

During the second half, a young fan wearing an Argentina shirt breached the pitch and briefly embraced Messi before being apprehended by security guards.

Thousands of spectators eagerly cheered every touch of the Argentina captain, reaching a crescendo of excitement when he swiftly scored the opening goal.

Fans endured scorching temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius, gathering at Beijing’s newly renovated Workers’ Stadium a full three hours before the 8 PM kick-off.

Many supporters adorned replica shirts with Messi’s name, while others wore blue-and-white face paint and waved miniature Argentina flags.

In recent days, local excitement surrounding the Argentine legend intensified as the sold-out match drew nearer. Fans gathered outside the team’s luxurious hotel and lined heavily guarded streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of their hero.

The South American team will conclude their Asian tour with another friendly match against Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday.