Messi scores hat-trick breaking Pele’s international goals record

13:41, 10 September 2021
Messi scores hat-trick breaking Pele’s international goals record Photo: Ricardo Moreira/ Look Press

Lionel Messi burst into tears while lifting up the Copa America trophy in front of Argentina fans as he became South America’s top scorer overtaking Pele’s record in a match against Bolivia, during which he made a hat-trick.

This is Messi's seventh hat-trick for Argentina. The match, where Messi made his total score for the national team to 79 goals, took place at Buenos Aires. The first goal occurred after 14 minutes since the match started, the second goal came in the 64th minute and the last shot that struck Bolivia was scored in the 88 minute.

“I was really anxious, and I really wanted to enjoy it,” the living legend Messi said. “I’ve waited a long time for this, I went for it, and I dreamt about it.”

That was the night when football fans were finally allowed to visit the stadium for the first time since the pandemic began, and after the match Messi got emotional, dropping tears before the 21,000 fans, when lifted up the trophy.

“My mum is here, my siblings are in the stands. They have suffered so much and they are here celebrating. I am very happy,” the top scorer said.

The Argentinian team has become a winner over Brazil at the 47th Copa America finals, scoring the result 1-0. The only goal was accomplished by Angel Di Maria in 22 minute. Thus Argentina won its 15th Copa America’s title and the first since 1993.

Before Messi’s hat-trick, Pele was considered to be a top scorer in South America having scored 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil.