Lionel Messi has broken Pele's record to become the all-time leading goalscorer from South America.
The 34-year-old scored a wonderful hat-trick in a World Cup qualifier clash against Bolivia on Friday morning, equalling, before breaking the Brazilian's long-standing record.
The new PSG man has now scored 79 goals, two ahead of the Brazilian great, with Neymar, Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez close by.
- Lionel Messi - 79
- Pele - 77
- Neymar - 68
His first was a stunning individual effort;
MESSI WHAT A GOAL, INSANE pic.twitter.com/otegK2zcf3— J. (@MessiIizer) September 9, 2021
He did not speak about the record after the game, but chose to celebrate the Copa America win.
“I waited a lot of time for this, I sought this, I dreamed about this," he said. “It is a single moment because of the way it happened, after so much wait.”
“There was no better way to celebrate than being here," he added. “My mom, my brothers are here in the tribunes... They suffered a lot and today they are here celebrating. I am very happy.”