Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to surpass Pele as the top worldwide goalscorer in South American football history on Thursday as Argentina traveled to a 3-0 triumph over Bolivia in their 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Messi jumped for his 77th, 78th, and 79th international goals to keep Argentina immovably on course for a spot at the following year’s finals in Qatar against a Bolivia group moping close to the foot of the table. The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward, showing up for Argentina, drew level with Pele’s longstanding sign of 77 goals in the fourteenth moment, nutmegging a safeguard and afterward twisting a magnificent shot past Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe.
The Argentina captain then, at that point moved one clear of Pele in the 64th moment with his second of the evening, flooding into the Bolivian box and playing a one-two with Lautaro Martinez prior to hiding a completion from short proximity.
Messi finished the seventh international hat-trick of his vocation a short way from time, covering a bounce back from short proximity after a shot from the edge of the space was just parried by Lampe.