Messi and Argentina rolled to a 5-1 win over Nicaragua in Friday's pre-Copa America friendly.
Lionel Messi powered Argentina past Nicaragua in an international friendly on Friday, netting a pair of goals in a commanding 5–1 victory.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner broke a scoreless tie in the 36th minute. He darted around a slew of Argentina defenders before sliding a left-footed goal into the bottom right corner. The goal gave Argentina a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Messi's second goal of the game came with a little less wizardry, punching in an easy putback rebound following a save by the Nicaraguan goalie.
Friday's match was played as a tune-up before the Copa America tournament. The Copa America will begin on June 14.