Messi's message to Mascherano after matching Argentina record
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Messi's message to Mascherano after matching Argentina record

Argentina captain Lionel Messi paid tribute to former teammate Javier Mascherano after equaling the national team's record. 

Messi equalled Mascherano's record of 147 matches for Argentina during their Copa America 1-0 victory over Paraguay. The duo has played together for the national side for 13 years and also played alongside each other at Barcelona between 2010 and 2018. 

This means that Messi is now Argentina's joint-most capped player of all the time, and the top scorer in the team's history having scored 73 goals. 

"Another important victory to continue growing," he wrote in his Instagram account. 

 
"I am proud to have been able to wear the blue and white as many times as my friend Masche (@mascherano14) whom I love very much, and who I have always respected and admired."

The 33-year-old is set to win his 149 international caps if he makes an appearance when Argentina face Bolivia.