Lionel Messi was at his imperious best, again, as Argentina comfortably went past Bolivia in their World Cup Qualifying match with the final score being 3-0, with all the goals being scored by the Argentine wizard. With these goals, Messi has become South America’s highest goal-scorer, getting past Pele who scored 77 goals in his career.
¡Saluden el nuevo máximo goleador sudamericano con selecciones! 🔥 🔝
Messi ha llegado a 78 goles para superar a Pelé. 🇦🇷 🤩 pic.twitter.com/uFIbRxVlFU
— ESPN Deportes (@ESPNDeportes) September 10, 2021
He equalled Pele when he scored his first during the 14th minute when he attempted a curler from outside the box and it ended up in the left corner. It was a great strike and an appropriate goal to equal the record.
His close-in shot during the 64th minute broke the record as Messi was in full flow against Bolivia and couldn’t be stopped. He sealed the match with a hat-trick goal at the 87th minute as their opponent was turned to dust by the mastery of one of the all-time greats in the sport.
With these goals, as said above, he became South America’s highest goal-scorer in men’s football. Pele held the record earlier with 77 goals but Messi’s tally of 79 goals has now eclipsed the Brazilian icon.
The leading goal-scorer in international men’s football is Messi’s “rival” for many years, Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 111 goals in the international arena.
Messi looked very happy with his national team as he finally got his first international trophy, Copa America this summer. He said, after the match, that there was no better way to celebrate the title as his mother, his brothers were in the stands seeing his match and they have suffered a lot.
The Argentina national team will also be happy with the team’s performances after what happened in Brazil and will leave the fans with a happy note today.