Argentine talisman broke records for fun playing for his club and the demanding host nation will demand something similar from their number 10.Following a spectacular club season with Barcelona the onus is now on Lionel Messi to reproduce his best form for Argentina. Messi's country are hosting the Copa America with the Albiceleste seeking their first tournament victory since 1993 when Messi was just six years old.
Online bookmaker Unibet have priced up the odds on how the superstar will do on home soil.
Lionel Messi to be top goalscorer @ 4.0
Barcelona's brilliant number 10 ripped up the record books last season. He did something similar in 2009-10 and was tipped to cap his greatness in South Africa for the World Cup. Although his individual performances won praise Messi failed to score as Argentina exited in the quarter-finals.
Twelve months on he is the favourite to be top scorer @ 4.0 just ahead of team-mate Gonzalo Higuain (6.0). Landing the Golden Boot in a home triumph would certainly go some way towards convincing the Argentine public that their superstar is more South American than Spanish.
Lionel Messi to score one or more hat-trick @ 2.75
Messi scored hat-tricks for fun playing for Barca last season and with the host nation taking on rank outsiders Costa Rica in the group phase he should be anticipated to add another haul to his bulging scorebook.
Lionel Messi to score three or more goals from outside the box @ 6.0
Free-kicks, solo dribbles, penalties and even the odd header. Messi crafted the perfect textbook of goals during his record breaking season with Barcelona as his club landed the double. Argentina boast an attack featuring Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain so the chances of Messi adding more memorable strikes have got to be considered.
Other Lionel Messi Specials
To score two or more hat-tricks @ 15.0
To score more than five goals @ 5.0
To be Argentina's top scorer @ 1.85
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