On Thursday, the Argentine Lionel Messi became the top scorer among the South American teams, by achieving a ‘hat-trick’ against Bolivia (3-0), reaching 79 goals and surpassing the Brazilian Pelé.
At Monumental de Buenos Aires, the now 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player opened the scoring in the 14th minute, after a ‘tunnel’ to Luis Haquin, the second in the 64th, after a table with Lautaro Martínez, and the third at 89, on a reload.
With the first goal, Messi, who played the 153rd game for Argentina’s senior team, equaled Pelé’s 77, in 92 games for the ‘Canarinha’, and, with the second, surpassed the ‘king’, the only three-time world champion selections (1958, 1962 and 1970).
On 89 minutes, the ‘captain’ scored the third goal of the match, sealing his seventh ‘hat-trick’ for the South American champions and first since May 29, 2018, the day he scored three in a private with Haiti (4 -0).
With three goals, Lionel Messi also joined Zambian Godfrey Chitalu in fifth place in the national team ranking, which is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of 111 goals, in 180 matches for the Portuguese national football team.
In terms of World Cup qualifiers, the Argentine became the leader, with 26 goals – plus 10 assists -, against 25 for his former teammate and friend Luis Suárez, a Uruguayan now playing for Atlético de Madrid.
In terms of career, Messi has 751 goals in 932 games, just between the main teams of Argentina and FC Barcelona. Joining ‘Barça’ B and C, the accounting rises to 762 and, with Argentina’s under-20 and under-23 teams, to 778.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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