Argentina forward Lionel Messi scored two goals in his record 148th international as Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1 in Copa America. Messi made three records in a single match against Bolivia. Barcelona striker made a double for the national team for the first time in two years. Simultaneously he surpassed Javier Mascherano’s record of 147 goals and overtook Sunil Chhetri in the international goal scorers list. Know details of these records below.
On 7 August 2019, having only spent the first half on the pitch Messi scored two goals in a friendly against Nicaragua (5-1). Barcelona forward last scored at least two goals in October 2017 in official tournaments. He scored a hat-trick in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ecuador (3-1).
In the group stage match of the Copa America against Bolivia, Messi scored two goals and provided a power pass. Following this achievement, the Argentine captain will lead the team to play against Ecuador. On the other hand, the football tournament host Brazil will face Chile.
The pairs of quarter-finals of the Copa America group stage became known.
Peru vs Paraguay
Brazil vs Chile
Uruguay – Colombia
Argentina – Ecuador
Argentina is unbeaten for 17 consecutive matches. Lionel Messi has become the player to play the most matches for Argentina. He surpassed Javier Mascherano’s record of 147 goals. The 34-year-old Messi assisted Papu Gomez in the sixth minute and then scored himself in the 33rd and 42nd minutes. A goal was scored in the 65th minute by Lautaro Martínez. Saavedra scored the only goal for Bolivia in the 60th minute. In another match, Uruguay beat Paraguay 1–0 with Edison Cavani’s goal.
Messi has scored 75 international goals and has become the third highest goalscorer among active players. Sunil Chhetri had surpassed Messi scoring 74 goals (118 matches) in the FIFA world cup qualifiers match against Bangladesh, but Messi overcame the record as he netted 75th goal. Now Ali Mabkhout of UAE (76 goals, 92 matches) is second and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (109 goals, 179 matches) is ahead of him. The Juventus striker recently leveled Ali Daei’s record of top goalscorer in international football.
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