Argentina hammer Bolivia
Argentina were in World Cup qualifying action in the early hours of Friday morning.
Lionel Scaloni’s side were hosting Bolivia as they looked to cement second place in their qualifying group.
And, when all was said and done, Argentina would come away with a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to a hat-trick from Lionel Messi.
Messi breaks Pele & Suarez records
After netting a hat-trick against Bolivia, Lionel Messi has broken two records.
Firstly, the former Barcelona man broke Luis Suarez’s record for most CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying goals:
Messi BREAKS Luis Suarez’s record of most CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying goals with 26 👏🔥 pic.twitter.com/V8mewOddWZ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 10, 2021
Messi also broke Pele’s record for most goals scored by a South American in men’s international football, with Messi now on 79:
7⃣9⃣ Lionel Messi 🇦🇷
7⃣7⃣ Pele 🇧🇷
6⃣9⃣ Neymar 🇧🇷
⚽️⚽️⚽️ A treble against Bolivia has seen Lionel Messi become South America’s highest men’s international goalscorer
🔢 We pay tribute to the @Argentina maestro with quotes, stats, trivia and highlights
👉 https://t.co/tAOu3znjaS pic.twitter.com/9bksfbqRXB
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 10, 2021
Emotional Messi cries
To cap off a historic day for Lionel Messi, he was finally able to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win in front of a home crowd, leading to the 34-year-old breaking down and crying:
❗Lionel Messi crying during the celebrations and even before that during the interview. This is what winning with Argentina means to him.
All the critics. How he doesn’t feel the shirt. How he can only win with Barcelona. All of it adds up. And tonight, he let it out. pic.twitter.com/JRevieIQ3S
— FC Barcelona Fans Nation (@fcbfn_live) September 10, 2021
Then, in an emotional interview post-match, Messi had this to say:
“I was very nervous, I just wanted to enjoy the night. I waited a long time for this. We won the game that was the most important thing and now we can celebrate.”
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