Lionel Messi has the most tournaments for Argentina in international football …
Lionel Messi was the key player for Argentina in the ongoing Copa America 2021, with four goals and five assistants already in his name.
The former FC Barcelona captain has been directly involved in nine of La Albiceleste’s 11 goals so far in the tournament. Of the four goals he scored, two came from free kicks. He also appeared in his 150th international match for Argentina in the semi-final against Colombia on Wednesday morning.
The superstar has set some records in the current tournament, such as becoming the most capable Argentine player of all time, and he is creating some more records in the final of the tournament.
Let’s first look at all the records that Messi has broken in this tournament.
What are the records that Messi has already broken in the Copa America?
1) Most appearances for Argentina
In the ongoing Copa America, Lionel Messi surpassed his former FC Barcelona and Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano, who scored the most of La Albiceleste (147). At the start of the competition, Messi had 144 international matches to his name and after Argentina’s last group match against Bolivia, the superstar became the best Argentine player of all time. He currently has 150 international caps.
2) First Argentine to compete in six Copa Americas
With his participation in the Copa America 2021, Lionel Messi becomes the first Argentine international to play in six editions of the tournament (2007-2021). The Barcelona captain surpassed Javier Mascherano’s record of playing in five Copa Americas.
3) Most assistants are offered in a single tournament
With five assistants in six games in the ongoing Copa America 2021, Lionel Messi set the record for delivering the most number of assistants in one Copa America edition.
What are the records that Messi could break or touch in the Copa America 2021 final?
1) Collectively most performances in Copa America
With an appearance in the final of the Copa America 2021 against Brazil, Messi will touch Sergio Livingstone, the Chile,’s record of 34 matches in the tournament. Before the start of the tournament, the Barcelona legend had 27 appearances, one more than Mascherano.
2) Most goals in Copa America
With four goals in six games in the current Copa America 2021, Messi scored 13 goals in six editions of the tournament. He has four goals less than touching on Zizinho (Brazil) and Norberto Mendez (Argentina)’s 17 goals, the most by any player in the competition.