After the 3-0 win over Uruguay this morning, Messi was honored by the Argentine Football Federation for having previously surpassed Pele to become the highest international goalscorer for a national team in South America.
Argentina Football Federation honors Messi
Messi broke Pele’s record in a 3-0 win over Bolivia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America on September 10. In the match more than a month ago, El Pulga shone brightly with a hat-trick.
The first goal in this match helped Messi equal Pele’s scoring record (77 goals). El Pulga’s second and third goals helped him break the milestone set by the Brazilian football legend, while increasing his record of scoring for a national team in South America to 79.
A month after surpassing Pele to become the greatest international goalscorer in South American football history, Messi has just been honored by the Argentine Football Federation after the victory over Uruguay. Not shining as brightly as when scoring a hat-trick against Bolivia, but El Pulga was outstanding in this morning’s match.
Against Uruguay, Leo Messi shone with 1 goal and had 2 passes leading to the remaining 2 goals of De Paul and Lautaro Martínez. Thus, with this goal, El Pulga has 80 goals for Argentina after 155 matches.
After the victory over Uruguay, Leo Messi and his teammates will have a day off before returning to practice to prepare for the match against Peru on October 15. This is their last match in this international series.