Messi’s haul of 79 targets throughout 153 video games tops Brazilian nice Pelé’s 77 in 91 video games.
The 34-year-old drew stage with Pelé’s document within 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 purpose that got here by way of neat interaction with Lautaro Martínez.
He had one other purpose 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 may watch the nationwide staff because the begin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I used to be actually trying ahead to having fun with this. I waited a very long time for this, I regarded for it and I dreamed it. It is a distinctive second for the way it happened, after ready so lengthy,” Messi stated about celebrating the Copa América victory with followers.
“There is no higher solution to have a good time it than being right here. My mother and my brothers had been within the stands … they suffered loads and, in the present day, they’re right here celebrating. I am so joyful.”
Following the victory in opposition to 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 purpose for Argentina in 2006 in a pleasant in opposition to Croatia. Of his 79 worldwide targets, 35 have are available in friendlies, 25 in qualifiers, 12 in Copa Américas and 6 in World Cups.
Brazil’s Marta is the highest South American scorer with 109 targets for the ladies’s staff.
“I believe everybody is basically enthusiastic about it. Clearly, he is an icon wherever he goes. I believe it was additionally sudden in order that makes it even higher.”
Fàbregas additionally stated that he by no means anticipated Messi to go away Barcelona, including: “I did not suppose that today would come. I’ve skilled many issues in soccer, issues that you just can not even think about and a few of them are very sudden.”