Batistuta annoyed 'extraterrestrial' Messi broke his record

Gabriel Batistuta scored 54 goals for Argentina but found his total exceeded by Lionel Messi

Gabriel Batistuta scored 54 goals for Argentina but found his total exceeded by Lionel Messi

Barcelona striker Messi is seven goals clear of retired former Fiorentina forward Batistuta, who hit 54 goals in 77 games between 1991-2002 for the national side.

Batistuta won two Copa America titles and a Confederations Cup with Argentina, while Messi remains without a trophy on the worldwide level.

On whether he was annoyed to lose his record, Batistuta told the Argentine TV station: "Honestly, not a little but a lot, yes".

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

The help of the Argentinean coach, Pato Bauza, and Messi's teammates were key in the return of Barcelona's player to the national team: "The coach and my teammates made everything easier for me", Messi said in an interview with a television channel.

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Gianluigi Buffon racked up his highest-ever Goal 50 finish to claim second place, after leading Juventus to another domestic double last season, as well as the final of the Champions League.

Messi, who started in Saturday's 1-0 global friendly against Russian Federation in Moscow, needed 110 games to leapfrog Batistuta and become Argentina's all-time top scorer and is now on 61 goals.

"(Retiring) was a decision I made in the heat of the moment", the five-time Ballon d'Or victor was quoted as saying by Spanish website Marca on Sunday.

The Rosario-born Messi did make headlines as he lifted Argentina into next year's World Cup by scoring a hat trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador on October 11, his team's final qualifier.

Even Messi's countrymen are angry with how good he is. "When they criticise me, I experience it differently". If they were 11 friends, they would defend each other on the pitch.

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