Gabriel Batistuta says Lionel Messi surpassing his Argentina goal-scoring record annoyed him but told Telefe he is at least “second to an extra-terrestrial.”
“You go around the world and you say, ‘I’m the top scorer for the Argentina national team.’ I liked that.
“But the advantage I have is that I’m second to an extraterrestrial.”
Messi, who started in Saturday’s 1-0 international friendly against Russia in Moscow, needed 110 games to leapfrog Batistuta and become Argentina’s all-time top scorer and is now on 61 goals.
“He’ll finish with double the goals that I’ve scored,” Batistuta said of the 30-year-old.
Former River Plate and Fiorentina star Batistuta scored his 54 goals in 77 games for Argentina from 1991 until 2002.