The Argentine now stands alone atop CONMEBOL’s men’s goalscoring list

Lionel Messi scored his 79th international goal on Thursday night to break the South American men’s record held by Pele.

Messi scored all three goals in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, giving him two more than the legendary Brazilian striker.

 

Only Brazilian stars Marta (109) and Cristiane (96) have scored more overall international goals than the Argentina icon now as he claimed his spot as the top men’s goalscorer on the continent.

What did Messi say?

“I really wanted to be able to enjoy it,” Messi said after the match. “I waited a long time for this, I looked for it and I dreamed of it. It’s a unique moment for the way it happened after so much waiting.

 

“There was no better way to celebrate this than to be here. My mother, my brothers are in the stands… They suffered a lot and today, they are here celebrating. I’m very happy.”

With the three goals on Thursday, Messi also surpassed former team-mate and long time friend Luis Suarez to become the leading scorer in CONMEBOL’s men’s World Cup qualifying.

 

He now has 26 career goals in qualifying, while the hat-trick also gives him eight career goals against Bolivia in 11 games, making them the opponent the Argentine has been most prolific against.

Messi has been Argentina’s most prolific scorer since 2016, when he surpassed Gabriel Batistuta (54 goals).

 

The Argentine helped lead his country to the Copa America title this summer, his first piece of major senior international silverware with his country.

201 thoughts on “Messi surpasses Pele to become top men’s South American goalscorer & cries tears of joy celebrating with Argentina fans”
  1. Messi scored all three goals in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, giving him two more than the legendary Brazilian striker.

  2. Messi scored all three goals in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, giving him two more than the legendary Brazilian striker

  3. The Argentine now stands alone atop CONMEBOL’s men’s goalscoring list

    Lionel Messi scored his 79th international goal on Thursday night to break the South American men’s record held by Pele.

  4. The Argentine now stands alone atop CONMEBOL’s men’s goalscoring list
    Lionel Messi scored his 79th international goal on Thursday night to break the South American men’s record held by Pele.

  5. the three goals on Thursday, Messi also surpassed former team-mate and long time friend Luis Suarez to become the leading scorer in CONMEBOL’s men’s World Cup qualifying

  6. How much it will protect first of all the club, secondly their teammates and the environment they are around, the exposure we will have if they don’t do it. But at the end of the day, it is a really personal thing.

  7. The Argentine now stands alone atop CONMEBOL’s men’s goalscoring list

    Lionel Messi scored his 79th international goal on Thursday night to break the South American men’s record held by Pele

  8. Uti in a post on his Twitter page noted that these aforementioned housemates will make it to the final day unless there’s a twist or tight nomination as the reality show can be unpredictable as football.

    His tweet read: “From the online activity, it is obvious who the BBNaija top 5 would be this year as long as there are no awkward or tight nominations:

  9. Messi said after the match. “I waited a long time for this, I looked for it and I dreamed of it. It’s a unique moment for the way it happened after so much waiting.

  10. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has one major problem to address this season though and that is surrounding Edinson Cavani.

    The Uruguayan striker arrived at Old Trafford last summer and made a slow start. He managed to find his feet in the second half of the season though and once he got going, he looked like one of the best strikers in world football. But following the arrival of Ronaldo at Old Trafford this summer, there will be major doubts regarding Cavani’s place in the

Leave a Reply