Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has broken the South American men’s record of goals held by Brazil legend, Pele as he netted a hat-trick during their 3-2 win over Bolivia in the World Cup qualifying fixture in Buenos Aires.
Messi now has 79 international goals, two more than Pele’s but he is however behind Brazilian duo of Marta (109) and Cristiane (96) for the overall record for most goals scored by a South American player at the international level.
Third on the men’s list is the 34-year-old’s friend and Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar, who has 69 international goals for Brazil.
“I was very nervous, I just wanted to enjoy the night. I waited a long time for this.
“We won the game that was the most important thing and now we can celebrate,” an emotional Messi said after the match.