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Lionel Messi sets new record Pelé or Diego Maradona couldn’t manage, as Argentina icon becomes first South American player to score 80 international goals


Do you think Lionel Messi gets tired of breaking records?

Well, on Sunday he broke another, becoming the first South American footballer in history to score 80 international goals.

Lionel Messi has scored again for his country

Yes, it’s pretty amazing, it’s a feat that legendary characters Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo and, well, literally every other South American icon before him have never managed to achieve.

Messi holds more major records than any other player in world football and they seem to be increasing month by month.

To name a few of his accomplishments, the maestro has scored the most hat tricks in La Liga, he is the youngest player to score 50 Champions League goals, and is the only player to score as a teenager. , his 20 years and his 30 years at the World Cup.

Lionel Messi sets new record Pelé or Diego Maradona couldn’t manage, as Argentina icon becomes first South American player to score 80 international goals

Neither Diego Maradona nor Pelé managed 80 goals for Argentina or Brazil, respectively

His 80th and record-breaking Argentina probably didn’t go the way he had dreamed of – although it doesn’t seem like he cares as much as he celebrated it.

Playing in his side’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, Messi – around 30 yards from goal – looked to pick his teammate Nicolas Gonzalez with an assist.

Hit with the outside of his boot, the pass escaped Gonzalez and opposing goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, as the ball slipped to the far post.

It wasn’t his most spectacular strike, but it wasn’t a rambling strike either, as the ball simply bounced into the net.

Despite the fortune involved in the goal, Messi walked away and celebrated it with as much emphasis as he did with the previous 79.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s goal was followed by goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez to seal a 3-0 victory over Uruguay, leaving Argentina in second place in their qualifying table for the World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni’s side are six points behind Brazil, who lead the group, but they still seem in a strong position to qualify for next year’s tournament.

Lionel Messi sets new record Pelé or Diego Maradona couldn’t manage, as Argentina icon becomes first South American player to score 80 international goals

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The 34-year-old celebrated his 80th goal for Argentina with his teammates

“We played a great game,” Messi said after the game. “Everything went perfectly.

“Uruguay is waiting for you and they generate danger. Once we got the first goal, we started to find space and the goals appeared.

Lionel Messi career records (a selection)

  • Most Ballons d’Or: 6 (2009-2012, 2015, 2019)
  • Most European Golden Shoe awards: 6 (2010, 2012-2013, 2017-2019)
  • Guinness World Record for top scorer for club and country in a calendar year (official goals): 91 goals in 2012
  • Most trophies won with a single club: 35 years old, with Barcelona
  • Most goals scored in a domestic league: 474, in La Liga
  • Most assists provided in a domestic league: 192, in La Liga
  • Longest streak scored in a domestic league: 21 matches, 33 goals in 2012-13
  • Only player to have scored more than 40 goals in 10 consecutive seasons
  • Only player to have scored more than 30 goals in 13 consecutive seasons
  • Most (official) assists provided in football history: 315
  • Most international goals scored by a CONMEBOL player: 80
  • Most selections for Argentina: 153
  • All-time top scorer in Argentina: 79 goals

And that’s the tip of the iceberg …

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