Lionel Messi has overtaken Pele as the leading South American men’s goalscorer in international matches with a hat-trick in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier win against Bolivia.
Scoring all the goals in the 3-0 win in Buenos Aires brought Messi’s total for Argentina to 79 in 153 games.
Brazil legend Pele finished his career on 77 international goals in 92 games.
Messi’s 14th-minute goal from outside the box put him level with Pele and he broke the record in the second half.
The 34-year-old dribbled past a defender for his second goal before completing a hat-trick from a rebound two minutes before full-time.After the match, Argentina captain Messi and his team-mates celebrated with the Copa America trophy in front of 20,000 fans at the Monumental Stadium.
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