Messi breaks Pele’s record as Argentina win 3-0 against Bolivia
The Argentine maestro scored his seventh international hattrick and also broke Pele’s long-standing record.
Messi breaks Pele’s record and becomes the all-time top scorer in men’s international football in South America. The little Argentine now has 79 goals to his name thanks to the hattrick against Bolivia.
Messi scores Hattrick
Argentina took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a beautiful goal from Leo Messi. The number 10 took the ball and on the turn nutmegged a Bolivian defender to unleash a ferocious curler to the right-hand side of the goal. It was a trademark goal from Messi. He equaled the Brazilian Pele’s record of 77 goals with his first of the night.
Argentina’s top scorer added a second to his name in the 64th minute of the game after a neat little 1-2 with fellow forward Lautaro Martinez. Messi’s first-time shot took a slight deflection off a defender and fell kindly again for Messi to score the goal. With that goal, Messi became the outright top scorer of the men’s international football in South America.
The maestro completed his hattrick in the 88th minute of the game. The shot outside of the box from Angel Correa was saved by the Bolivian keeper. However, Messi, who was at the right place at the right time scored his third goal of the night.
Messi was on 76 goals before the start of the match against Bolivia. Previously, it was widely expected that the Argentine legend would break Pele’s record against Brazil, at Brazil. However, the match was suspended due to quarantine issues with four Argentine players.
Argentina unbeaten run
With the win over Bolivia, Argentina is still unbeaten in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. The South American champions have 18 points to their name and they trail Brazil by six points. Brazil has taken 24 points out of the available 24 points.
Argentina also has been unbeaten for two years. The Albiceleste are in an unbeaten run of 22 games. The last match they lost was against Brazil in the Semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America.