Register Login Scores

Messi Closes In On Pele & Ronaldo Records

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi closed in on South American record goalscorer Pele as well as longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo's international goals tally on Thursday.

Click through the gallery above to see the top goalscorers in South American football history.

The Albiceleste captain salvaged a point for his country to keep their slim Copa America hopes alive following a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

Messi converted a penalty in the second half of that encounter, netting his 68th goal for Argentina in the process.

As a consequence, he became the second-highest active international goalscorer, drawing level India's Sunil Chhetri, as stats expert @Twitugal pointed out.

Download the new Soccer Laduma Social Media App here! 

Ronaldo is now the only active player with more goals at international level than Messi, with the Portugal captain sitting on 88 strikes for his country.

In addition, Messi also closed in on South American all-time record goalscorer Pele. The legendary Brazilian scored 77 times for the Selecao – more than any other player in South American football history.

Messi is now just nine goals shy of Pele's record, while the latter's countryman Ronaldo Nazario is in third spot among South America's record scorers with 62 strikes.

Read: Argentina's Copa America Snubbed XI

Neymar, Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez are also among South America's record scorers – you can find the top 10 in the gallery above!

Do you think Messi can catch Pele and Ronaldo's records? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

nextarticle

Official: Real's First 2019/20 Departure Confirmed

1 comments

Top 5

3 Signings Start As Chiefs Suffer Defeat In Botswana

260 Jul 20, 2019 04:27 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Barca Stars After Griezmann Transfer

15 Jul 15, 2019 07:16 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Target Tyson! Details Revealed…

122 Jul 17, 2019 01:46 PM in Orlando Pirates

10 Players Who Went AWOL To Force Transfers

58 Jul 12, 2019 07:57 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Chiefs To Edge SuperSport To Defender?

332 Jul 17, 2019 02:32 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Zungu Splashes The Cash On New R680k Sedan

22 Jul 17, 2019 10:44 AM in Fan Park

3 Signings Start As Chiefs Suffer Defeat In Botswana

260 Jul 20, 2019 04:27 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Middendorp Speaks – New Players And Travel Plans

198 Jul 17, 2019 04:00 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Afcon Player Of The Tournament Announced

16 Jul 20, 2019 07:36 PM in AFCON 2019

Breaking: Bucs Make Makola Announcement

159 Jul 17, 2019 05:06 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid Coaches At Afcon Revealed?

107 Jul 11, 2019 07:38 PM in AFCON 2019

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

13 Apr 02, 2019 12:30 PM in International

Unimpressed Khanye On Chiefs’ Wish List, Names 8 Targets

133 Jul 17, 2019 10:07 AM in Kaizer Chiefs