Football superstar, Lionel Messi hit another mark on Thursday, September 9, as he scored his 79th international goal, surpassing the South American men’s record that was held by the legendary Pele.
The Copa America legend found the net three times at the World Cup qualifier against Bolivia, making him achieve two goals more than the one held by the legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele.
However, prominent Brazilian footballers, Cristiane and Marta have 96 and 109 international goal records respectively, a little more than the Argentine star, yet Messi has owned his own spot amidst top men goal scorers in the whole continent.
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After the match, Lionel Messi conveyed how excited he was about this new achievement as he said he had waited so long for this to happen and that this had happened to him after a very long time waiting.
He said his mother and brother were around to celebrate him as they had suffered and nurtured his dreams to be what he is today.
This new record confirms that Messi has also surpassed friend and former teammate, Luis Suarez, by achieving the status of leading scorer in CONMEBOL’s men’s World Cup qualifiers.
The Argentine has been one of the most prolific scorers after going beyond fellow Argentine, Gabriel Batistuta’s 54 goals.
In the summer, the Argentine legend had helped Argentina to clinch the Copa America title, achieving a prominent international position in football’s history.
PSG’s prominent forward had frankly stated that clinching the Copa title was the most challenging victory he had ever secured.
He was shedding tears of joy while he addressed the press over the latest victory of Argentina, especially after leaving Barcelona for PSG and still willing to prove how much he still has to offer to football.