Lionel Messi surpassed the number of goals of Brazilian legend Pele in international matches with his country to become the best South American scorer, after he led Argentina to victory over Bolivia on Friday.
Messi scored a hat-trick, to lead Argentina to a big victory over its guest Bolivia 3-0, in the tenth round of the South American qualifiers for the World Cup “Qatar 2022”.
Messi, the best player in the world six times, raised his score to 79 goals in 153 international matches with Argentina, surpassing three-time world champion Pele (77 goals in 91 games).
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi’s rival and the best player in the world five times, holds the record for the number of international goals with 111 goals in 180 matches.
But the Argentine star is only two steps away from the equation of another number unique to the “Don”, which is the number of “hat-tricks”.
And the “Squawka” network, which specializes in football statistics, stated that Messi, 34, after his hat-trick against Bolivia, reached the 55th “hat-trick” in his career (with clubs and the national team), while Ronaldo, who is two years older than his Argentine rival, owns 57 “Hat-trick”.
Source: “Squawka” + AFP