Messi’s achievement came after scoring a hat-trick and leading Argentina to a big victory over its guest Bolivia 3-0, Friday, in the tenth round of the South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Messi, the best player in the world six times, raised his score to 79 goals with Argentina, which is steadily moving towards qualifying for the Qatar World Cup 2022, as it occupies second place in the unified group, 6 points behind Brazil, which won its guest, Peru, 2-0, and is on top with 24 full point.
In his 153rd international match, the 34-year-old Messi equaled the tally of three-time world champion Pele (77 goals), by opening the scoring with a distinctive long shot with his left foot (14).
The player, who recently moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, scored another goal against goalkeeper Carlos Lambi (64).
Al-Barghouth scored his seventh hat-trick with his country two minutes before the end of time, following a close-range shot that was blocked by the goalkeeper.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, now I’m going to enjoy it,” Messi said.
Messi’s rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, holds the record for the number of international goals with 111 goals in 180 matches.