Lionel Messi scored the fastest goal in his professional career as Argentina beat Australia in a friendly in Beijing.
Messi, 35, who captains Argentina, opened the scoring within 1 minute 19 seconds, with a curly finish into the top corner of the net.
Messi was able to get on the end of Chelsea star Enzo Fernandez’s assist to score an awesome goal in the first 120 seconds of the match – which brought up a career milestone.
Despite Lionel Messi being 35 years old and scored up over 800 goals in a highly successful career, he has never scored within two minutes.
The goal against Australia in Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium, ticked that off Messi’s bucket list and the Argentine captain just needed less than 120 seconds of the game to make it happen.
German Pezzella, who came on as a substitute, doubled the lead for the World Champions in the 68th minute with a header.
Emiliano Martinez showed his strength as he pushed away Australia’s Mitch Duke attempt to secure a cleansheet.
The friendly match was Lionel Scaloni’s side’s third fixture since lifting the World Cup in December and also Argentina’s first outside their country.
Though the new MLS player played in the friendly against Australia, he will not feature in Monday’s friendly against Indonesia.
Lionel Messi decided to shock the world in 2021 with a move to PSG, two years after, he is doing the same but to MLS side Inter Miami.
The move by the Argentina legend is seen as one that would lure other top-flight players to the league in USA.
Messi’s future was up in the air in his final weeks at PSG with clubs lining up for his signature, clubs like Inter Miami, Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and his former club Barcelona.
Despite the offers from these clubs especially a mouth-watering one from the Saudi Arabian side, Lionel Messi chose to join David Beckham’s team in the United States.
Messi opted to join the Miami based side as the World Cup winner owns a property in the city.
Lionel Messi, 35, leaves Europe for the first time in his successful career, where he won a combined 43 trophies during his 17 years at Camp Nou and his couple of seasons at PSG.