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Lionel Messi scores hat-trick and breaks Pelé’s record

Argentine and New Parisian captain Lionel Messi on Thursday broke the record for goals scored in a South American side held by legendary Brazilian Pelé, by scoring a hat-trick against Bolivia in a qualifying match for the Cup. world 2022.

Lionel Messi continues to break records. Thursday, September 9, it is that of the legend Pelé of the number of goals scored in a South American selection that fell. By scoring a hat-trick against Bolivia in Buenos Aires, the “Pulga” brought their personal total to 79 goals, against 77 for the Brazilian.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker first opened the scoring for Argentina in the 14the minute in a 2022 World Cup qualifying match.

He scored a second goal in the 64e minute, cheering the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, which welcomed the public for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, two minutes before the end of the meeting, Messi signed the seventh treble of his career.

Neymar hopes to beat him

A record that his PSG teammate and friend Neymar could eventually bring back to Brazil. During the victory of the Seleçao against Peru, “Ney” scored his 69e goal in 113 matches, eight lengths from the ex-record of “King” Pelé. An achievement that gives him the status of Brazilian top scorer in World Cup qualifying history.

“The team is the most important thing, I’ve always been proud of that. But at the same time, I’m very happy to be the top scorer in the playoffs. [du Brésil], to be the greatest passer of the Brazilian national team and then, God willing, if all goes well, it will be an honor to pass Pelé, “prophesied the player.

The all-time scoring record holder is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with 111 goals in 180 appearances, the most recent against Ireland last week.

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