Lionel Messi cries tears of joy after surpassing Pele to become highest scoring South American male footballer (photo/Video)

Lionel Messi cries tears of joy after surpassing Pele to become highest scoring South American male footballer (photo/Video)



Lionel Messi shed tears of joy after scoring his 79th international goal on Thursday night, September 9, to become South America's highest goalscoring male footballer, a record previously held by Pele.



Messi scored all three goals in Argentina's World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, meaning he has two more than Pele who has 77 goals.




Only Brazilian stars Marta (109) and Cristiane (96) have scored more overall international goals in the South American continent (male and female) than the Argentina icon now.



This was also the first time the squad will celebrate the Copa America title won during the summer with fans in the stadium, making the whole celebration a very emotional one for Messi.



“I really wanted to be able to enjoy it," Messi said after the match. "I waited a long time for this, I looked for it and I dreamed of it. It’s a unique moment for the way it happened after so much waiting."Latest Post
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