SI Staff
Saturday June 11th, 2016

Lionel Messi's 26-minute hat trick off the bench was a sight to behold in Copa America Centenario Friday night. It also sounded amazing in his native land. 

The TyC Sports broadcast call of Messi's hat trick was nothing short of fantastic. Messi announced his arrival in Copa America in the 60th minute of Argentina's 5-0 win, entering with his side only up 1-0 at the time. That all changed within nine minutes, as he had a clearance blocked by Gonzalo Higuain fall to him inside the box, and he finished with his cultured left foot. 

He turned to that foot again for a sensational free kick from some 25 yards out, beating Jaime Penedo with a curled blast to the upper right-hand corner. He finished off the hat trick by receiving a pass off a turnover, cutting back on Felipe Baloy and finishing again with his left. It was that goal that drew the incredible reaction of the home announce team. Take a listen:

Messi is tied for the Copa America lead in goals with Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, and he now trails Gabriel Batistuta by just three for Argentina's national record.

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