Lionel Messi scored a goal for the Argentine National Team in the 1-0 win against Ecuador at La Bombonera and continues as the top scorer in the South American Qualifiers alongside his friend Luis Suárez, who earlier scored in Uruguay’s victory over Chile.
The now ex-Barcelona teammates came to the competition with 21 goals each and the start of the road to Qatar 2022 does not seem to be going to stop them.
The Celeste game was played earlier and The Gunman was not long in climbing to the top of the table in solitude, when opening the marker of the duel against Chile with a penalty at 39 minutes of play.
However, La Pulga was not far behind. Also with a shot from the 12 steps, La Pulga gave the victory to Lionel Scaloni’s team before Ecuador and returned to reach the Uruguayan.
Behind them, the list features names of historic South American scorers such as Hernán Crespo with 19, Marcelo Salas with 18 and Iván Zamorano with 17.
In addition, this was not the only mark that the Rosario star achieved at night. With this encounter, He became the Argentine with the most Playoffs played, being present in no less than five editions, for a total of 46 games.
In this way, is ahead of compatriots like Javier Zanetti, Javier Mascherano, Juan Sebastián Verón and Pablo Zabaleta, who played in the previous classification of four different World Cups.
As if this were not enough, Messi was also ranked as the only Albiceleste player to score goals in four different Qualifiers, above others such as Crespo, Gabriel Batistuta, Gonzalo Higuaín and Juan Pablo Sorín, who managed to do it in three editions.