Argentine star Lionel Messi on Monday, surpassed India's Sunil Chhetri with a brace and an assist against Bolivia in a Group A match. The 34-year old, who has had a fine tournament so far, helped Argentina trump Bolivia 4-1 and top their group with 10 points, heading into the knockouts. Argentina would next take on Ecuador in the knock-out stage on July 4, Sunday. Messi's brace against Bolivia helped him get past Chhetri, who has scored 74 goals in international football. Messi now has 75 goals to his name as he also is the highest scorer in the Copa America this season, with him finding the net three times and providing two assists. Ballon d'Or Trends on Social Media After Lionel Messi Scores a Brace During Bolivia vs Argentina, Copa America 2021
The Barcelona talisman is a joint ninth highest scorer in international football, sharing that space with Japanese great Kunishuge Kamamoto, Hungary's Sandor Kocsis and Bashar Abdullah, from Iraq. Messi also became the most capped player for Argentina with 148 appearances, surpassing former national and club teammate Javier Mascherano.
Surprisingly, he is yet to win any major international tournament with the Argentina senior team and with the form he is currently in, there might just be change in his fortunes this time. Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo, who is also Messi's competitor, recently equalled Iranian legend Ali Daei's international goalscoring tally of 109 goals. Despite Portugal being knocked out of the Euros, Ronaldo is the top-scorer of this edition of the tournament.
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