This summer’s Copa America Centenario will mark Lionel Messi’s competitive international debut in the United States. For the first time, Americans will get to see Messi play for his country with a trophy on the line.
Ahead of the competition, Messi penned a first–person essay, as told to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, in this week's issue of SI.
Messi has played in the U.S. before for Argentina and has scored seven goals, though they all came in friendly matches. Watch them all below.
Goal vs. Mexico: June 4, 2008 — San Diego, Calif.
Hat trick vs. Brazil: June 9, 2012 — East Rutherford, N.J.
Two goals vs. Bolivia: Sept. 5, 2015 — Houston
Volley vs. Mexico: Sept. 8, 2015 — Arlington, Texas
Read all about Messi in this week’s Sports Illustrated and check out SI’s film on the superstar.