Gabriel Batistuta has said that Lionel Messi surpassing his Argentina goal-scoring record pissed him off but he is at least “second to an extra-terrestrial.”
On whether he was annoyed to lose his record, Batistuta told the Argentine TV station: “Honestly, not a little but a lot, yes. It was a title that I held. It’s not just any old thing.
“You go around the world and you say, ‘I’m the top scorer for the Argentina national team.’ I liked that.
“But the advantage I have is that I’m second to an extra-terrestrial.”
“He’ll finish with double the goals that I’ve scored,” Batistuta said of the 30-year-old.
Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, 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.
Last year’s defeat on penalties against hosts Chile in the Copa America Centenario marked Argentina’s third straight loss in a final at a major competition in a two-year span, with the first coming at the 2014 World Cup against Germany.
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