Argentine and Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi continues to make and break staggering records for both club and country in the beautiful game of football as the footballer is set to break legendary Pele’s record as the highest goal scorer in the history of any South American national team.
Brazilian and Santos legend, Pele is the present highest goalscorer in the history of South American national teams with 77 goals in 92 games. However, the history which has stood for many decades is about to be broken by Messi.
Messi who presently has 70 goals for Argentina in 136 games is only 7 goals shy of equaling Pele’s record and 8 goals away from beating the record.
Before the international break, Messi had 68 goals for his national team, the game against Brazil in the SuperClassico competition saw him increase his tally to 69 goals where he converted a rebound after Brazilian keeper, Allison saved his penalty and saw Argentina lift the friendly trophy.
Three days later, Argentina came up against fellow South American team, Uruguay in a friendly match which ended in a 2 – 2 darw. The match saw Messi create an assist for Sergio Aguero and scoring a die minute penalty to grab a draw for the Selacio team, which saw him reach the 70 goal mark.
Messi who is presently the highest goalscorer in the history Argentina, Barcelona and La Liga is about to set the record as the highest goalscorer in his continent and with few games to come, Messi looks destined to break the long standing record.
However, Portuguese and Juventus player, Cristiano Ronaldo has 99 goals for Portugal but analysis has shown that Messi has scored more against the top national teams than Ronaldo.
Research revealed that 80% of Messi’s 70 goals for Argentina were scored against the top 50 football national teams in FIFA ranking, scoring five each against Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, making them the teams he has scored most against.
As for Ronaldo, only 29% of his goals have been scored against the top 50 national teams on FIFA ranking, scoring 7 goals against Lithuania, 5 against Andorra, Armenia, Latvia, Luxemburg and Sweden.
Fans and well wishers are eager to see Lionel Messi break this new record ahead of him and many more to come.