No one can stop it. Lionel Messi scored his 79th goal for Argentina, surpassing the South American men’s record held by Brazilian legend Pelé.
Lionel Messi scored all three goals in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Thursday in a World Cup qualifier at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, more than Pelé, who scored 77 international career goals.
Triplé de Messi cette nuit dont ce chef d’œuvre.
Devenu par la même occasion le meilleur buteur de l’histoire des sélections AmSud.
— 𝙅𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙣 (@PJordan__) September 10, 2021
If the night was not already idyllic enough, Messi and his Argentinian teammates then had the opportunity to celebrate their Copa America victory in July. Despite having arrived two months ago, the emotions were still there for everyone, especially when it came to Messi.
“I dreamed of it. Finally, it was given to me. After so much waiting. There is no better place to celebrate it than here. My mother and brothers are here tonight, they have suffered a lot and today they are celebrating. I’m so happy, ”said the Argentine star after the meeting.
“I am reassured to have realized the dream that has been denied to me so many times. It was like a dream, a spectacular moment. I couldn’t believe this had happened. I like looking at the pictures now more than I did then because I was dazed. I didn’t quite understand what was going on, ” he added.
Video of the day. Leo Messi crying tears of joy after finally celebrating Copa America with Argentinian people. 🇦🇷🏆 #Messi
…and yes, it’s even more beautiful than his great hattrick scored tonight, becoming best South American scorer in history.pic.twitter.com/28Hbl7LBEZ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 10, 2021
Argentina has 18 points in the standings and remain the sole goalkeeper for leader Brazil (21), who then played against Peru. Bolivia, which amassed 60 games without a win as a visitor to qualifying, the worst streak among South America’s ten teams, remain penultimate with six.