Buenos Aires – If anyone believes Lionel Messi Would be satisfied with the Copa America was wrong.
Captain Albiceleste surpassed Pele as the top scorer in South America on national teams, reaching the 79-goal mark thanks to a hat-trick in a 3–0 victory over Bolivia. Thursday at the Memorial Stadium in Buenos Aires for the World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar 2022.
Messi, who won the Continental Trophy in July, the first of his career with the senior team after losing four finals, needed just minutes to warm up on a cold night in front of some 20,000 fans – the first game in which the audience with. On a field in Argentina after almost 20 months of pandemic.
After fixing the ball in rival territory, Star threw a pipe at defender Luis Hanquin and aimed his left foot against a goal from Carlos Lampe, who resigned himself to an Argentine angle shot in 14 minutes.
Paris Saint-Germain’s now figure shouted second after 64 minutes of wall play with Lautaro Martinez. Messi left defender Jairo Quinteros on the floor and signed the task with his right hand.
At the end of the game, La Pulga took advantage of a rebound and closed out the night of their dreams. This was his seventh treble with Argentina.
Since his retirement in 1977, Pele held the record with 77 points.
Argentina has 18 points in the standings and remains the only guard for Brazil (21), which later played against Peru. Bolivia, which has accumulated 60 games without a win as a visitor by qualifying, the worst streak among ten South American teams, remains last with six.
After the visitors’ 3–1 win against Venezuela at the start of the triple game in September, Albiceleste traveled to Brazil for the South American Classic, but only seven minutes were played due to health agents entering the field. Argentine players who had to stay in quarantine.
The match was suspended by the referee and now FIFA must decide whether to restart it or establish a winner. There is no time limit for the decision.
Discomforts continued for Argentina back in Buenos Aires, where coach Lionel Scoloni gave regular starts to goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, defender Cristian Romero and creative midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso at the request of his league clubs Aston Villa and Tottenham.
Messi and his teammates had a championship reception at the first meeting with the public in Argentina since March 2020, after the bad drink. The occasion also served to share with fans the Copa América achieved in July after winning the final against Brazil.
After the final whistle, a clearly excited Messi made the Olympic lap with his teammates and the trophy in hand.
That tournament meant getting rid of the 28-year-old’s weight without a title for Argentina. And without that weight, the team’s game flows with more consistency, especially when Messi is linked with Rodrigo de Paul in the generation and ngel Di Maria in the definition zone.
Argentina will visit Paraguay in October. They will then play at home against Uruguay and Peru on a date that could define their qualification for the World Cup.
Bolivia will visit Ecuador and then host Peru and Paraguay in La Paz. It remains to be seen whether Venezuelan coach Cesar Farias is on the bench by then.
Lionel Messi’s illustrious cycle with Barcelona has come to an end after the club reported on Thursday that the Argentine would not continue in his ranks as the Spanish league’s financial rules make it impossible for the top scorer to remain in the league. Why Barka? (Manu Fernandez)
After his debut as a child in Newell’s Old Boys, Messi crosses the Atlantic in search of a place at Barcelona’s prestigious academy, known as La Masia. Team manager Charlie Rexach, after sharing a beer with a mediator representing Messi, writes and signs Messi’s first contract with the club on a napkin. (Manu Fernandez)
Messi played his first official match with Barcelona in 2004 at the age of 17. Photo with Brazilian Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon in 2005. (Manu Fernandez)
Two years later he helped the club win its first Champions League with a team revolving around Ronaldinho. In a 2018 photo, Messi scores against goalkeeper Juan Carlos Caballero in the Copa del Rey. (Manu Fernandez)
He is the top scorer in the club’s history with 672 goals in 778 games and the top gunner in the Spanish league with 474 goals in 520 matches. 2011 photo. (Manu Fernandez)
Messi takes with him 35 titles, including four editions of the Champions League, ten of the Spanish League, seven of the Copa del Rey and eight of the Spanish Super Cup. (siu wu)
In the photo, he celebrates with the 2011 Champions League Cup. (John Super)
In 2015, she kisses the Champions League trophy after beating Juventus in the final. (Martin Meisner)
He was the top scorer in the Spanish League eight times and the top scorer in the Champions League six times. His 26 goals against Real Madrid is a record for a classic. Photo in front of meringue in 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In 2012, after beating Barca’s Bayer Leverkusen 7–1, Argentina became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game. (Andres Kudaki)
Messi shared a uniform with two great Latin American players in Barcelona today: Uruguayan Luis Suarez (left) and Brazilian Neymar. (siu wu)
With the Barca jacket, Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world six times. In the photo with his trophies in 2019. (Francois Mori)
In 2020, Messi surpassed the milestone of 643 goals scored by Pele with a singles club. (Alvaro Barrientos)