By Mukwuzi Joseph
The year 2021 has turned out to be a really good year for Lionel Messi as far as his football career is concerned. He lifted his first major silverware at the international level after Argentina’s 1-0 win over arch-rivals Brazil in the Copa America 2021 final on July 11 and now, Messi has added one more feather in his cap as he has now surpassed one of the all-time greats of the game Pele to become the highest CONMEBOL goalscorer.
Lionel Messi has now surpassed the three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele to become the all-time leading goalscorer for a South American nation. Messi achieved this feat during Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier fixture against Bolivia. In fact, when Leo netted a goal in Thursday’s contest, it also turned out to be his 78th international goal for La Albiceleste.