Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi had one standout 2021 Copa America with the Argentina national team. The Argentine scored four goals in the tournament and played a pivotal role in helping the team finally win another Copa America.
Messi scored his 76th career international goal during the tournament. This currently ranks the forward only behind former Brazilian national team star Pele (77) for the most international goals ever scored among CONMEBOL players.
76 – Messi has scored 76 goals for Argentina – only Pelé has scored more goals for a CONMEBOL nation (77). Genius. pic.twitter.com/jqjm5pwLZV
— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) July 4, 2021
Messi is slated to return to action with the Argentine national team in September, where he will join the side for a trio of 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia.
All Messi needs is two goals to break this record, which would be just another milestone in his historic career with the Argentine national team.
Before Messi gets the chance to break this notable record, he may make his debut with PSG in the team’s upcoming key Ligue 1 away fixture against Reims.