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Leo Messi dazzles with three against Brazil

Jun 9, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

Lionel Messi

Who says Leo Messi saves his best for club, holding a little back for country?

Messi hit his first hat trick for Argentina only earlier this year in a 3-1 win over Switzerland.

Saturday in New Jersey, the Barcelona man was at his hat tricking best once again, striking for a trio in a sensational performance over Argentina’s biggest rival, Brazil. Argentina prevailed 4-3 in the back-and-forth friendly before a sellout crowd of 81,994 at MetLife Stadium.

His 84th minute game winner punctuated a dazzling run out of midfield.

Messi scored 73 goals in 60 Barcelona matches in the 2011-2012 season. (That broke the European club record of 67, by Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller in 1972-73.)

With nine more for Argentina, Messi totaled an amazing 82 goals (known for most strikers as a “career”) over world soccer’s unofficial “season.”

Two words: A. Mazing.

Here’s the third:

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