Argentine skipper Lionel Messi has surpassed Pele’s international men’s goals record to become the leading South American men’s international top goalscorer.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner netted a hat-trick in their World Cup qualifier win over Bolivia.
Messi has now extended his record goals tally for his country to 79 in 153 appearances.
Meanwhile, Brazil football icon Pele ended his career with 77 international goals in 92 games.
“I dreamed about this day a lot and thanks to God it arrived,” Messi wrote on his official Instagram account.
“I don’t have words to thank you for all the love I’ve received. What a beautiful night, I enjoyed it so much – unforgettable.”
Argentina are second to Brazil in the South American World Cup qualifying table after winning five and drawing three games.
After the showdown, the 34-year-old playmaker and his teammates celebrated with the Copa America trophy in front of 20,000 supporters at the Monumental Stadium, having led the side to that title triumph of which was his first major trophy in international football back in July 2021 as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the finals.
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By FARPost Reporter