Is there a record he hasn't broken yet? Lionel Messi has made history once again, this time with the national team. The Argentine megastar has surpassed Brazilian legend Pele for the most goals scored by a South American player.
'O Rei' originally held the continental record with 77 international goals in 92 appearances to his name, but it seemed like a matter of time until Messi finally surpassed him.
The PSG star got on the scoresheet 79 times in 153 appearances and is eleven goals clear of Neymar, and 16 of his other close friend, Luis Suarez of Uruguay. Check out his hat-trick against Bolivia that saw him break the record.
Lionel Messi's hat-trick to overtake Pele as the South American leading goalscorer
Pele's record has been safe for a while, until Lionel Messi emerged to the soccer world. It's not been an easy road for Leo at the international level, where he struggled to succeed as he did in Barcelona, but eventually he found the way to keep on adding to his legacy.
Thursday, September 9, 2021 will remain a special date for him as that's when he surpassed Pele to claim the Conmebol record for most goals scored. Check out his three goals against Bolivia that helped him achieve the feat.
Once again, Messi has written history and added another fantastic milestone to his belt. It's not unusual anymore, he may be 34 years old but he doesn't seem to. In fact, he seems to never get older.