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Lionel Messi Breaks Pele’s Goal Scoring Record

Lionel Messi Breaks Pele’s Goal Scoring Record

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has overtaken Pele as the leading South American men’s goal scorer in international matches with a hat-trick in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier win against Bolivia.

Scoring all the goals in the 3-0 win in Buenos Aires brought Messi’s total for Argentina to 79 in 153 games.

Brazil legend Pele finished his career with 77 international goals in 92 games.

Messi’s 14th-minute goal from outside the box put him level with Pele and he broke the record in the second half.

The 34-year-old dribbled past a defender for his second goal before completing a hat-trick from a rebound two minutes before full-time.

After the match, Argentina captain Messi and his teammates celebrated with the Copa America trophy in front of 20,000 fans at the Monumental Stadium.

He led the side to that title, his first major trophy in international football, in July, beating Brazil in the final.

On his Instagram page, Messi posted a picture of the team with the trophy after the match.

He wrote;

“I dreamed about this day a lot and thanks to God it arrived.

“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.”

Messi’s 29-year-old Paris St Germain team-mate Neymar has scored 69 goals in 113 appearances for Brazil.

Argentina is second to Brazil in the South American World Cup qualifying table after winning five and drawing three games.

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