Lionel Messi is the footballer who has played the most international matches for the nation and became Argentina’s most capped player. He played his 148th match in a white and sky blue jersey. Lionel Messi achieved this feat in the Copa America match against Bolivia. On this occasion, he also scored two goals in his team’s 4-1 victory. This was the 148th match of this 34-year-old footballer from Argentina. He broke the record of retired defender Javier Mascherano and registered a new record in his name.
His two goals ensured Argentina their top spot in Group A of the football tournament. They will take on Ecuador in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Messi played his first match for Argentina against Hungary in 2005. In this friendly match, he was sent out from the middle for hitting his opponent with an elbow.
Messi, who plays for Barcelona, currently has 75 international goals to his name and is close to breaking the South American record. Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil and is currently at the top of the South American list. Not only this, but Messi can also equal the record of playing most matches in Copa America. Messi has played 31 matches so far, while the record is in the name of Sergio Livingstone of Chile (34 matches).
Messi converted a penalty in the 33rd minute and then scored a beautiful field goal in the 42nd minute. Erwin Saavedra scored for Bolivia in the 60th minute but Lautaro Martínez scored in the 65th minute to give Argentina a three-goal lead again. Brazil – Chile and Paraguay – Peru will face each other in the quarter-finals on Friday. The winners of these two matches will clash in the semi-finals. On Saturday, Argentina will face Ecuador while Uruguay will face Colombia. The winning teams of these matches will face each other in the semi-finals.