Lionel Messi became his country’s leading scorer with a superb free-kick as Argentina beat hosts the USA 4-0 reach Sunday’s Copa America final.
The Barcelona forward, 28, passed Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal tally with a 25-yard strike.
Messi provided the assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opener, then scored his stunner before Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain fired in to make it 3-0.
Higuain scored with a tap-in in the 85th minute to complete the rout.
“I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta’s record and I want to thank my team-mates – it’s theirs as well,” said Messi, who turns 29 on Friday.
Argentina will play either Colombia or reigning champions Chile, who meet in Chicago on Wednesday.