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Football Today – Messi Is the First South American with 80 Goals

Football Today – Messi Is the First South American with 80 Goals

Captain Lionel Messi’s Argentina claimed a 3-0 victory over Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers last night, on Sunday. After the news emerged in football today, Messi is the first South American with 80 goals, across 155 international caps.

Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Uruguay now, combined with Brazil’s 0-0 draw at Colombia earlier in the day, changes the standings. This win narrows the gap between leaders Brazil and second-placed Argentina to six points.

Neymar’s Brazil and Messi’s Argentina are currently at the top of the 10-team South American qualifying group, the CONMEBOL division.

The top four teams from CONMEBOL qualify automatically for the World Cup in Qatar. Meanwhile, the fifth-placed side qualify into an inter-regional (inter-continental) playoff.

Uruguay, who ended the day fourth in the 10-team table, were actually unbeaten in eight matches coming into Sunday’s match.

But Argentina put that streak to rest and captain Lionel Messi has a few words to say about that.

“We played a great game,” said Messi. “Everything worked out perfectly.”

“Uruguay wait for you and they generate danger,” he continued. “Once we got the first goal we started to find space and the goals appeared.”

Football Today – Messi Is the First South American with 80 Goals

Besides goal celebrating his contribution to this 3-0 triumph, Paris Saint-Germain newcomer Lionel Messi has cause for more joy, too.

Messi’s goal, just before the first half’s end, brought the Argentine’s personal tally to 80 goals on the international level.

And so, with this goal, the 34-year-old has become the first South American to reach the milestone of 80 goals.

The legendary Brazilian Pele comes second on this list of legendary South American goal scorers with 77 international goals.

On top of that, Messi, the Argentine captain, has become only the fifth player internationally to score 80+ goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list of the highest goal count across the world with 112 goals for Portugal’s national team.

The Hungarian Ferenc Puskas comes second with 84 goals and he is now Lionel Messi’s nearest rival (the football news).

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