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Lionel Messi Missed Opportunity to Break Another Record After Brazil vs Argentina Game Was Suspended

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is Argentina's all-time record goalscorer with 76 goals
Lionel Messi is Argentina's all-time record goalscorer with 76 goals / NELSON ALMEIDA/Getty Images

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina created headlines recently due to the game being suspended after Brazilian health authorities and police stormed on to the pitch in an attempt to detain four Argentina players who they alleged flouted COVID-19 rules.

While the fixture is expected to be played at a later date, the suspension meant that Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain icon, Lionel Messi missed out on a chance to make history. The striker has currently scored 76 international goals and ranks only one goal behind Brazil legend, Pele for the most goals scored ever by a South American player.

The record six-time Ballon d'Or award had a chance to equal or tie the feat of Pele and will have to wait till Friday to match the record when the La Albiceleste play Bolivia in their next World Cup qualifier.

While Messi will no doubt break the record soon, it would have been a historic feat considering that Argentina was facing Brazil in Sao Paulo and it would have meant more had he done it on the home soil of his country's famous footballing rivals.

The striker is Argentina's all-time record goalscorer and recently silenced his critics by leading his country to the 2021 Copa America title, which his first major international honour with the La Albiceleste.