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Lionel Messi breaks another record

Arjun Singh Devgan
Argentina v Uruguay - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Argentina v Uruguay - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Jam Media/GettyImages

Lionel Messi became the first South American player to score 80 international goals after netting in Argentina's 3-0 win against Uruguay on Sunday.

The 34-year-old even broke Brazil legend Pele's South American scoring record of 77 when netting a hat-trick in a World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia at the start of September, and has reached a new mark after adding to his tally against Uruguay.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar opened the scoring at the El Monumental Stadium when his floated through ball evaded everyone, including Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, before nestling into the far corner of the net.

Messi's latest effort was his sixth in 11 2022 World Cup qualifying outings, and he will look to increase his haul when Argentina take on Peru on Thursday.

Goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez wrapped up a comfortable win for Argentina against Uruguay, but Emiliano Martinez was also in inspired form at the other end of the pitch to keep a clean sheet.

via Goal.