Celebration of Two Legends: Messi & Batistuta

Lionel Messi Gabriel Batisuta

Messi’s winner against Uruguay marked his 56th international goal for Argentina, drawing level with another former Albiceleste legend, Gabriel Omar Batistuta.

Some media outlets claim that Batistuta’s official tally for Argentina stands at 54 instead of 56, but that depends on who your source is: FIFA or the AFA. Back in June 1995, Argentina played an unusual friendly in Mendoza against the Slovakian nation youth side which they won 6-0. Batistuta scored two goals in that game which FIFA recognize as legitimate to his tally while the AFA don’t, and hence the ambiguity in Bati’s total goals scored for Argentina.

Here at Mundo, frankly we dont care… Messi and Batigol are two legends who will forever be inscribed in Argentine football history, and this post is not in any way a comparison, but a celebration of their 112 goals and everything else they have done for the Albiceleste.

Gabriel Batistuta
Albiceleste Career: 1991 – 2002
Senior Appearances (goals): 78 (56 goals)
Goals Ratio: 0.72 goals/game
World Cup: 10 goals
World Cup Qualifiers: 11 goals
Copa America: 13 goals
Confederations Cup: 4 goals
Friendlies: 18 goals


Lionel Messi
Albiceleste Career: 2005 – Present
U20 Appearances (goals): 18 (14 goals)
Olympic Appearances (goals): 5 (2 goals)
Senior Appearances (goals): 114 (56 goals)
Goals Ratio: 0.49 goals/game
World Cup: 5 goals
World Cup Qualifiers: 16 goals
Copa America: 8 goals
Friendlies: 27 goals

7 Comments

  1. Profile photo of MafiosoMafioso

    If Bauza prefers the strikers as mentioned by many:Hardworking,unsettles the defence,supports the team mates with passing,can play outside of the box….then many of current strikers won’t fit it.Namely:Icardi,Aguero,Higuain. Suarez would be perfect 😛

    Alario has the quality,attributes,long term possibility.Bauza must like him,otherwise he won’t trust a CF to be a right winger to do defensive duties in his debut.Alario did well too.

    1. Profile photo of guledguled

      May be that is why he chose pratto.
      But all in all we need striker who can score goals in high pressure games(finals).we saw enough of aguero and higuian and they failed.icardi deserves a chance,he has all the attributes of good finisher.let the guy get a chance n see if he can do it i am sure he won’t disappoint.vamos argentina.

      1. Profile photo of pablo dennisonpablo dennison

        agreed with glued as we for too many years have wanted strikers to be “jack of all trades” from dropping back, defending, creating etc instead of just scoring goals as that is the name of the game for any striker.

        i dont care if a striker does nothing all match except put away at least one of the few chances they might get as that is why they should be in any team is to score goals. in the tight games ie finals that is the difference maker as chances are few and far between and they need to be taken, a real no9 does exactly that (a crespo or bati and to me icardi seems as close as we have to them)

        how many times have we seen the quick break but our striker is back on half way line and the movement comes to nothing as their is no one in the middle
        to cause a nuance, pass too, drag away the defender and best score a goal.
        sadly what we have seen is worse as the few chances we did get in the finals = zero strike rate for them all.

    2. Profile photo of LeandroLeandro

      We have arguably the best #9 in history = Messi. If Pratto doesnt work out, put Messi near the NET. We need a robust midfield. DiMaria is not cutting it, Banega is too lethargic.. fix the midfield and we have a title shot. We have shot the least shots on goal from any team and scored such few goals. Its a few tournaments now like so.. midfield!!!

  2. Profile photo of pretendadonapretendadona

    FINALLY MUNDO GROWS A BALL SACK AND REPORTS FACT INSTEAD OF JOINING THE MESSI GOAL.COM HYPE TRAIN OF BS

    fact batigol scored 56 not 54

    fact he scored in far more competetive games than messi

    fact he scored more copa and wc goals

    fact he scored wc hattricks

    fact he socred in copa americas winning two times

    CAN THE PRETEND ARGENTINA FANS MESII FANBABYS TAKE A HUGE BITE OUTA THOSE APPLES your sillyness and fanboyism is fully exposed

  3. Profile photo of dollon biswasdollon biswas

    My super team right now……..

    ———————-Carbalaro———————
    -Mussachiho—-Mascarano -Otamendi—-
    ————————Peredas——————-
    Peruzzi——–Pereyra————Vasquaz–

    —Messi————-Dybala———–Piyatti —

    Piyatti is a stunning pacey and very good dribbler ,only he can filling Maria’s possition….
    My super sub Maria….lamela,,banega,,,Vitteo,ICardi,Muri,gray,kranvitter

  4. Profile photo of Dfox1942Dfox1942

    Ahhhh, young Messi…..it feels as if he looked just like that just few years ago! and Batistuta with his long flowing blond hair flying in the air.

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