Argentina captain Lionel Messi is now the highest scoring South American male footballer of all time.
The 34-year-old’s hattrick against Bolivia moved him past legendary Brazilian footballer Pele, who scored 77 goals for the Brazilian national team.
Only Brazilian stars Marta (109) and Cristiane (96) have scored more overall (male and female) international goals than Messi now in South America.
The PSG forward is however quite far behind his perceived career rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the all time international top scorer with 111 goals for Portugal.
Though Messi is two years younger than Ronaldo, he is not expected to surpass him.