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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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GLetsoko Oct 11, 2017 01:12 PM
Messi is a genius, a world class, a master piece.
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jstice26 Oct 11, 2017 01:07 PM
Why don't you say Suarez broke the all time record because they share that spot, they are equal on goals?
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prakazel Oct 11, 2017 12:01 PM
@leendomint did you see messi's qualifying log list of games and CR7's?
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Ronaldo Scored 15 in one campaign...
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He's way above the rest
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khosispeecho Oct 11, 2017 10:41 AM
So cowditor how did he break the record if he shares it with Suarez.
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@Boris Becker scroll down and click international it still there just that this Penaldo fan cowditor is trying to hide it
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n Suarez
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Messi is gud no need to say more
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Messi magic
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Cowditor bring that other topic maan
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Capeble Messi is everything in terms of football

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