Gabriel Batistuta: 'I lost my Argentina scoring record to Lionel Messi, an extraterrestrial'
Gabriel Batistuta admits he was annoyed he lost his Argentina scoring record to Lionel Messi, but has taken consolation from seeing it held by ET.
Barcelona striker Messi is seven goals clear of retired former Fiorentina forward Batistuta, who hit 54 goals in 77 games between 1991-2002 for the national side.
Messi is on 61 goals from 110 appearances having overtaken Batigol's record during the Copa America Centenario last year.
Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina celebrates after scoring in the 1998 World Cup group H game against JapanGetty Images
"Honestly, not a little but a lot, yes. It was a title that I held. It's not just any old thing," said Batistuta when asked if he was annoyed about losing the record.
"You go around the world and you say, 'I'm the top scorer for the Argentina national team.' I liked that.
"But the advantage I have is that I'm second to an extraterrestrial.
"He'll finish with double the goals that I've scored."