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Messi Breaks All-Time South American Record

Lionel Messi Breaks All-Time South American Record

By David Kappel - Oct 11, 2017 10:00 AM @kappilinho

FC Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi had a magical night as he single-handedly guided his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and broke a South American record along the way.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the record scorers in South American World Cup qualifiers, as listed by The Sun.

The 30-year-old scored a hat-trick in his side's crucial 3-1 away victory over Ecuador to book the Albiceleste's 2018 World Cup ticket.

The hosts opened the scoring after just 40 seconds, but goals in the 12th and 20th minute turned the game in Argentina's favour before Messi added his third in the 62nd minute.

The hat-trick took the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's overall tally in South American World Cup qualifying history to 21 goals – more than any other player.

Messi broke the record, which at the time was jointly held by Hernan Crespo and Luis Suarez, with his first strike against Ecuador.

However, the Uruguayan also added a brace in Uruguay's 4-2 win over Bolivia in order to help his nation secure their World Cup spot.

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The Barcelona teammates are now the joint all-time record scorers in South American World Cup qualification.

Do you think Messi is the greatest South American player in history? Have your say in the comments section below.


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75149316 Joined: 10 May 2017
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75149316 Oct 13, 2017 07:45 AM
This cow broke south american records while CR7 is breaking world records ngumntwana uMessi kuRONALDO finish n klaar
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GayMjitaa Oct 12, 2017 02:14 PM
it was broken then equalled
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mosesmu Oct 12, 2017 01:31 PM
No he didn't break it he equaled it
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Jikieza Oct 12, 2017 10:39 AM
21 goals?
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Matt93 Oct 12, 2017 08:57 AM
Its broken ....its equalled.
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Bob Dawana Oct 12, 2017 05:30 AM
Ey wena don't sat South America. .he's the best in world
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Njivas Oct 11, 2017 11:54 PM
Best player in the history of argentiane football
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clemz7 Oct 11, 2017 11:16 PM
Yep but Prince Neymar is a second the best
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#eddie Oct 11, 2017 08:43 PM
Wat can we say!?!...he's absolutely the best ever!!#FACT
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MR E Oct 11, 2017 07:16 PM
Messi will still gontinue were he left hail the phenominal king messi.
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Thierry Henry Oct 11, 2017 05:35 PM
@Michaeltshigama like Portugal in 2014?
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STIGA18 Oct 11, 2017 05:09 PM
When it matters the most he delivers
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tsobi4life Oct 11, 2017 04:47 PM
can some one pleas tel me what record m i braking?
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Phikza Oct 11, 2017 03:24 PM
He is great...
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prakazel Oct 11, 2017 02:46 PM
Pessi played 18 games. Ronaldo 9.5
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LeCowhlohlo Oct 11, 2017 02:38 PM
A simple work soldier Lionel Messi.
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Festivalnkuna@gmail.com Oct 11, 2017 02:37 PM
Messi is a footballer
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Faysal Oct 11, 2017 02:23 PM
Messi all in one
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TrueLegend Oct 11, 2017 02:23 PM
Hail the King of the Game.
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leendomint Oct 11, 2017 01:20 PM
@prakazel Messi scored 4 goals in 15 games and CR7 scored 15 goals in 9.5 games

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