Date: 10th September 2021 at 7:19pm
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Lionel Messi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain may have been lost within the craziness of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return. 

However, the little Argentine’s football ability and majestic skills most certainly have not been.

The former Barcelona man scored a magnificent hattrick against Bolivia in Argentina’s recent World Cup qualifier, taking his goal tally for the Copa America winners to 79 goals..

However, the three goals he netted against the La Verde carry a lot more significance than another simply fantastic performance.

He has since leapfrogged Brazilian immortal Pele in the list of South America’s highest goal scorers.

This momentous achievement was also secured on his 153rd cap for the two-time World Cup champions.

Messi beat Pele’s goalscoring record

However, until recently, his brilliance and leadership had not been able to yield any international success.

Two Copa America finals and a World Cup final between 2014 and 2016 all ended with the Argentine wizard on the losing side.

However, he was finally able to break his duck with the national team this year; leading Argentina to the Copa America title.

It was his nation’s first major title in 28 years, the last of which was won when the late Diego Maradonna was still competing.

In a celebration of his country’s achievement, Messi was overcome with emotion.

The Paris Saint-Germain hit man said on his Instagram page: “I dreamed about this day a lot and thanks to God it arrived.” 

“I don’t have words to thank you for all the love I’ve received. What a beautiful night, I enjoyed it so much – unforgettable.”

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