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Lionel Messi destroyed Cristiano Ronaldo's record

By Mauricio Saenz


Lionel Messi destroyed Cristiano Ronaldo's record

The Argentine player surpassed a record he had with the Portuguese

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two great stars of world football. The Argentine and the Portuguese have dominated football for more than 15 years and match by match they leave behind all kinds of records. On this occasion, La Pulga surpassed a historical mark of CR7, as well as establishing two new records in the Argentine National Team.

Argentina played against Chile on the first date of Group A of the Copa America. In that match, Lionel Messi scored an impressive free kick goal, a score that allowed the Argentine player to set three new records. The first is related to Cristiano Ronaldo, as he surpassed him and became the first player to score 57 free kick goals, leaving CR7 with 56.

This record becomes even more important and relevant if we consider that in January 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo had 49 free kick goals and Messi 31. The record makes it clear that La Pulga evolved over the seasons and became a more complete player.

The records of Lionel Messi in the Argentine National Team

With the same score, Lionel Messi became Argentina's top scorer in official matches, after beating Gabriel Batistuta. Messi has 39 goals in 98 games played. Six were in World Cups, 23 in World Cup qualifiers and ten in Copa Amercia. Batistuta was left with 38.

The other brand, which in this case equaled, with the light blue and white jersey is that of being together with Américo Tesoriere in being the only players who played six Copa America with Argentina. Tesoriere did it in the editions 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1925, while Leo was in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021.

Lionel Messi's free kick goal


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