Messi broke the record of the Brazilian legend Pele as the player to score the most goals with a team from the South American continent.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the Bolivia match, his tally of 79 goals surpassed Pele’s 77 goals with the Brazilian national team.
And Messi said in statements after the meeting: “I was really nervous and wanted to enjoy it, I waited a long time for this and gave everything I had and dreamed of this, it is an exceptional moment in the way it came and after a long wait.”
Messi not only broke Pele’s record, but also his former Barcelona teammate, Luis Suarez, as the most scored player in the South American World Cup qualifiers.
Messi scored 26 goals so far in the qualifiers, while Suarez scored only 25 goals.
Argentina defeated Bolivia in the tenth round of the World Cup qualifiers.