He has been rightly lauded for scoring a second consecutive match-winning goal for his side.
However, unbeknownst to Messi, his strike will have been met with a huge sigh of relief from one punter in America.
With Argentina overwhelming favourites to beat the Iranians, one confident gambler in Las Vegas backed Argentina to the tune of $350,000 (£205,000).
The stake secured the punter $30,000 (£17,000) but it looked for a very long time that they could have been looking at a substantial loss.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 21, 2014
Imagine the stress of looking at those slips as the clock ticked to 90 minutes.
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