Lionel Messi stepped up when Argentina needed him to in Saturday night’s crucial World Cup victory over Mexico.

Messi scored a deadlock-breaking goal from outside the box before Enzo Fernandez doubled Argentina’s lead to seal a 2-0 win.

Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez was on the pitch alongside Messi, recalled to the team after being left out of the starting line-up for their defeat against Saudi Arabia.

Unsurprisingly Martinez responded to the call by stepping up and keeping a clean sheet.

Martinez’s attention after the game went towards superstar Lionel Messi, praising his contribution in a message on Instagram.

There was also a congratulatory message from Argentine youngster Alejandro Garnacho, Manchester United’s breakthrough young talent.

Garnacho praised Messi – and won’t have to worry about upsetting Cristiano Ronaldo, now the Portuguese great has left Old Trafford.

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Messi is separately reported to be close to agreeing a move to Inter Miami at the end of the season, report The Times.

The MLS club is co-owned by former Manchester United star David Beckham and could see Messi managed another Treble winner, Phil Neville.

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