Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Bolivia to overtake Pele as the leading South American men's goal scorer in international matches. The Brazilian legend ended his international career with 77 goals in only 92 games. Messi now has 79 goals in 153 games for Argentina.
The PSG superstar registered his hat-trick in a spectacular fashion. His first goal came in the 14th minute from outside the box. The second came after his signature move as he dribbled past a defender before registering his 7th hat-trick for the national side with a rebound two minutes before the final whistle.
After full time, a joyous Messi and his teammates celebrated in front of their fans at the Monumental stadium with their recently won Copa America trophy. The Argentina captain had this to say: "I always dreamed about this day and at long last, it has come. What an incredible night! I enjoyed it so much. Thank you for all the love you have shown me".
Argentina is second to Brazil on the South American world cup qualifying table. The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar 2022.
What are your thoughts about Messi breaking Pele's record? Does this now end the Ronaldo vs Messi debate on who is better? Leave your comments below.
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