Lionel Messi breaks Pelé’s fable goal record

Lionel Messi cries after setting the record on the lawn of the stadium in Buenos Aires on September 9, 2021.

Lionel Messi sheds tears again – but this time tears of joy. The Argentine broke the ancient record of Brazil’s football legend Pelé.

Buenos Aires. A few weeks ago Lionel Messi (34) wept bitter tears of grief when he announced his departure from FC Barcelona. But now the Argentine had tears of joy in his eyes as he stood in front of the TV cameras. The reason: Messi broke an ancient record – and none other than Brazil’s football legend Pelé (80) held it!

Age-old goal records will be broken by Messi and Lewandowski in 2021

It is arguably the year that the oldest goal records are broken. After Robert Lewandowski (33) had cracked Gerd Müller († 75) ‘s record, which was believed to be forever, and scored 41 goals last season, Messi now overtook Pelé in his record number of international goals.

Pelé, for many the best footballer of all time, had scored a total of 77 times for the Brazilian national team in his career. But now Messi left the former superstar behind. In the home game of World Cup qualification against Bolivia in Buenos Aires, Messi scored all three goals in a 3-0 win and now has 79 goals for Argentina – a record in South America.

“I really wanted to enjoy it. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, I’ve been looking for it and dreaming about it, ”Messi said during the interview and started crying. “There is no better way to celebrate than to be here. My mother is here, my siblings in the stands. They suffered a lot and today they are here celebrating. “

Lionel Messi joined Paris St. Germain from FC Barcelona

Messi was from FC Barcelona in the summer Paris St. Germain moved after failing to come to an agreement with Barca.

Lionel Messi presents the Copa America Cup.

Lionel Messi poses with the Copa America Cup after the World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia with teammate Rodrigo de Paul on September 9th.

With the record, the world should be fine again for the Argentine. Worldwide, however, Messi is far from number one. Cristiano Ronaldo (36) is in the lead with 111 goals for Portugal, followed by Iranian ex-Bayern professional Ali Daei (109). But the new superstar of Paris St. Germain and his Argentine compatriots didn’t care that evening.

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