Lionel Messi is touched by his “dream” of breaking the great Brazilian Pele top scorer record in South America.
Messi scored a hat-trick when Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier on Thursday, he was overtaken before by a goal.
First, after a daring nutmeg, he stepped up curling and equal with Pele in 77 and set a new record in exactly one hour. He then added another late goal to complete the hat-trick and scored 79 goals for Argentina on a historic night in the iconic game.
Record holder Messi could not hold back tears when La Albiceleste was finally able to celebrate its first America’s Cup win in 28 years in July. “I have dreamed about this for a long time and I thank God for giving me this,” he said on the pitch.
“This is a very special moment that was reached after a long wait.” There is no better way. The celebrations are great. “Mom and younger brother also fight a lot there. I’m so happy”.
It was Messi’s seventh hat-trick for his country, but it was also his first at home and allowed Argentina to continue their streak. A scoring streak of 22 games that began in 2019.