Lionel Messi is happy to have scored his 50th goal for Argentina, in the 2-0 win over Bolivia.
The Barcelona superstar was keen to praise the team’s collective effort, with Mercardo netting the opener in the match.
And Messi who is six goals behind all time goalscorer Batistuta, is focused on the team.
“This [campaign] is very long and what’s important is that we won and remain on course,” Messi told TyC Sports.
“I’m happy with goal number 50 but more because we won and this helps to keep growing.”
Having helped Argentina to six points over the international break, Messi is now focused on Barcelona’s challenge for honours and particularly Saturday’s mouth-watering Clasico against Real Madrid.
He added: “I had no physical problems and now is time to return to Barcelona to think about the Clasico, which will be a very demanding test.”
Barcelona are nine points clear at the top of La Liga with only eight matches of the season remaining, with Real Madrid currently third in the table behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.