Argentina Captain Lionel Messi scored Pele’s record twice and on Thursday became South American football’s leading international scorer.
At the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, Paris Saint-Germain striker opened up Argentina’s mark of 77 international goals in its World Cup qualifiers versus Bolivia.
The 34-year-old then hit his 78th international target for Argentina with a lead of 2-0 over 64 minutes.
Messi’s twice came to Argentina in his 153rd appearance.
The major competitor of former Barcelona star Cristiano Ronaldo has the record for the world soccer scored goals of 111 out of 180 games.
The match for Thursday in Buenos Aires will take place four days after Argentina’s match versus Brazil was suspended on Sunday due to the dispute in Covid-19.