THERE was Messi magic on and off the pitch on Saturday night as the Argentinian family flourished at the World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, 35, scored a trademark goal to separate the teams as Argentina eased past Australia 2-1 in the last-16 clash.
It was his 789th senior goal on his 1000th appearance in football.
But his wife Antonela Roccuzzo also stole the show as she stunned fans.
The 34-year-old watched on as she sported a purple Argentina away shirt with her husband’s name and number on it.
Showing off her midriff in a pair of ripped jeans and a purple handbag, Antonela smiled on the stands at the Al-Rayyan Stadium.
The only surprise was that it took her fella 35 minutes to take centre stage.
The goal scoring hero collected a touch from former Manchester City man Nicolas Otamendi and rolled it through the legs of a defender and past the outstretched arm of Mat Ryan.
Everyone expected it, but even so, what a moment it was in a stadium which feels almost like the Bombonera with so many Argentine fans in.
Australia became the 129th team that Messi has scored against in his glittering career.
Yet until that moment he had been largely anonymous with the Socceroos doing well to keep their South American opposition quiet.
For the rest of the game, the skipper controlled proceedings and was unlucky not to take home another couple of assists and nearly scored a brace on the 92nd minute.
As always, Messi and Roccuzzo left fans talking about them when all was said and done.
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