Lionel Messi missed one match in the group stage and came off the bench for the two others, nursing a back injury.
He is healthy now, as he showed the U.S. during Argentina's 4-0 Copa America semifinal win.
This precise, upper 90 free strike leads the match highlight package. In fact, that will probably be the shot American fans remember for Messi's legacy.
But it was not the only thing he did Tuesday night. Messi also had sweet assists on Argentina's first goal by Ezequiel Lavezzi ...
... and Argentina's fourth goal by Gonzalo Higuaín:
While we're here, let's just continue the trend of going out of order and show you the third goal, which Messi was not directly a part of:
So, yeah. For the USMNT, this was an embarrassing effort on home turf in Houston. For Argentina, this was another world class performance to back up La Albiceleste's No. 1 ranking in the world.
Argentina meets the winner of Colombia-Chile in the Copa American Centenario Final in East Rutherford on Sunday. The U.S. will play the loser in the third-place game in Glendale on Saturday.
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