Messi’s haul of 79 objectives throughout 153 video games tops Brazilian nice Pelé’s 77 in 91 video games.
The 34-year-old drew degree with Pelé’s file in the 14th minute of Thursday’s sport with a left-footed shot from the sting of the field, then moved forward with a second-half goal that got here through neat interaction with Lautaro Martínez.
He had one other goal dominated out for offside however accomplished his hat-trick when he transformed a rebound late on.
After the match, Messi was in tears as he celebrated Argentina’s Copa América title in entrance of 21,000 supporters on the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires — the primary time that followers might watch the nationwide group because the begin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I used to be actually wanting ahead to having fun with this. I waited a very long time for this, I appeared for it and I dreamed it. It’s a novel second for the way it took place, after ready so lengthy,” Messi mentioned about celebrating the Copa América victory with followers.
“There’s no higher means to have a good time it than being right here. My mother and my brothers had been in the stands … they suffered loads and, in the present day, they’re right here celebrating. I’m so pleased.”
Following the victory towards Bolivia, Argentina is now second in South America’s World Cup qualifying group for Qatar 2022 on 18 factors from eight video games, behind Brazil on 24.
Messi scored his first goal for Argentina in 2006 in a pleasant towards Croatia. Of his 79 international objectives, 35 have come in friendlies, 25 in qualifiers, 12 in Copa Américas and 6 in World Cups.
Brazil’s Marta is the top South American scorer with 109 objectives for the ladies’s group.
“I believe everybody is basically enthusiastic about it. Obviously, he is an icon wherever he goes. I believe it was additionally surprising in order that makes it even higher.”
Fàbregas additionally mentioned that he by no means anticipated Messi to depart Barcelona, including: “I did not assume that today would come. I’ve skilled many issues in football, issues that you simply can not even think about and a few of them are very surprising.”